Communal Clash: 20 Injured In Akwa ibom And Cross River Fight

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No fewer than twenty persons were seriously injured in a fresh clash between Oku Iboku community in Itu Local Government Council Area of Akwa Ibom State and Ikot Offiong in Odukpani Local Government Council of Cross River State.

Report have it that the clash started on Friday night with both sides using sophisticated weapons, responsible for the high number of casualties.

When the two communities clashed in December 2016, the member representing Itu Constituency, Idongesit Ituen told the House of Assembly that four persons lost their lives.
The lawmaker, who said the attack, came unexpected, lamented that in 2005 the squabble was settled amicably and peace agreement signed.
Ituen maintained that the recent attack should be termed criminal because it occurred when the people of Oku Iboku and adjoining villages were harvesting their crops.

According to him, after chasing away the people away, they stole outboard engines anchored at the riverside and their farm produce.

The Akwa Ibom Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Cordelia Nwawe confirmed the incident but was not ready to confirm the casualty figure.

The PPRO of Cross River State, Irene Ugbo said: “Yes we are aware, but there is no casualty. Our men are there. They have been there since this morning (yesterday). The area is now calm.”

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