Chairman of Ikom Native Authorities Council in Cross River State, Hon Kingsley Egumi has given additional particulars on how the communal conflict in Abankang and Alok communities in Ikom Native Authorities Space claimed 4 lives, destroyed property value billions of Naira and displaced over 2, 000 individuals.
Talking with DAILY POST on Monday morning through cellphone, Hon Kingsley who lamented the incident stated that the killing, destruction and displacement of individuals wouldn’t have been so devastating assuming the some politicians within the space weren’t concerned.
He stated it could have been a small conflict between Abankang and Alok communities the place Chris Agibe and Home member come from, however it later turned out to be the whole ward.
He defined that there was an armed examine level across the space as a result of that land had been in dispute, however the sudden withdrawal of the Military from the street and the place made the place porous.
“I obtained a misery name on Tuesday morning that some boys had began destroying issues and I invited the Police, and we went there. We had been capable of settle down the state of affairs and there was absolute peace, hoping that every thing had been resolved, however on Wednesday, one other disaster broke out. One of many Abankang boy was gunned down and 4 different boys wounded.
“We went again with some troopers, police and different safety companies and energy was made to settle down the state of affairs, and the police took the corpse to the mortuary. Later that very same night, there was what we name Bako Union that has to do with Ikom and a part of Ogoja that sued for peace and all people accepted.
“On Thursday, now we have negotiated for one more assembly between the management of the 2 communities in Ikom by 10 am, hoping that they had been going to return however unexpectedly, the OC from the barracks advised me that the Home of Reps member had known as him and stated the assembly ought to be shifted from 10am to 1pm.
“And I questioned what would have been the rationale; this can be a man whose identify was talked about proper from the day the crises began. I begged on the safety personnel to name him and allow us to resolve the disaster earlier than it escalates, however they stated he was in Abuja
“As I used to be making calls to resolve the disaster, earlier than 9am-10am of that day, the disaster began once more and homes had been burnt down, the whole neighborhood affected. Over 2 hundred homes affected, 4 individuals, killed whereas over 2, 000 individuals displaced,” Hon. Kingsley stated.
It was gathered that some individuals who sustained numerous levels of accidents are actually underneath medicine on the Ikom Common Hospital.
How politicians triggered Cross River’s crises, lack of 4 lives, destruction property