50 feared dead in fresh Akwa Ibom, Cross River boundary crisis

50 feared dead in fresh Akwa Ibom, Cross River boundary crisis

No fewer than 50 persons were feared killed on Monday following a raid on another Akwa Ibom State community, Akpa-Mfrukim, in Akan Obio, a fishing settlement in Uruan Local Government Area of the state, by armed youths suspected to be from Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State, Newsmen is reporting.

The highly authoritative Newsmen said an indigene of the area who pleaded anonymity confirmed the development to it.

The indigene was, however, unable to confirm the casualty figure.

He was quoted as having said: “Many people have fled their homes because of the invasion by the hoodlums, who (allegedly) came from Ikot Offiong, which is part of the age-long boundary feud between Oku-Iboku clan in neighbouring Itu Local Government Area of the state, with Ikot Offiong people in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.”

Newsmen said efforts to speak with the Transition Committee Chairman, Uruan council, Dr. Edwin Okon, on the incident was not successful as his telephone lines were off.

Okon was, however, quoted to have said: “The protracted crises have forced the remaining indigenes to flee and seek refuge elsewhere.

“Farming and fishing, which are the major sources of livelihood of my people, have been affected by the invasion of these communities by people from Odukpani.”

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