At least ten persons have reportedly been murdered following a violent clash between two neighboring communities in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River state.
Journalist who probed into the issue, discovered that the fracas was as a result of the death of a high-chief in one of the communities.
Report has it that there has been plenty of bad blood between the people of Ogwurude and their Oyidah neighbours, and the latest clash has come as a result of claims that a young man from one of the communities was beheaded and supposedly used for the burial of the high-chief.
At least seven persons from Oyidah were murdered, while two other persons from Ogwurude also lost their lives in the bitter clash – Many houses were set ablaze in both communities.
A resident by name Clement Ekpe, who spoke on the incident, said: “Some head hunters chased the okada boy, who was returning from Oyidah Market with a lady and caught up with him at Ogwurude Junction.”
“They asked the lady to run into the bush, killed the boy and cut off his head. “When the lady got home and narrated what happened, some Ogwurude youths rushed to the junction, where they found the headless body of the young man.”
“They followed the bloodstains on the road to Oyidah community.”
“They informed Oyidah’s Village Head about the incident and asked that those who carried out the act be brought out and handed over to the police.”
“However, the Village Head could not produce the perpetrators and that led to a reprisal attack that night from the Ogwurude people,” said Ekpe.
The security adviser of Cross River state Mr. Jude Ngaji, also confirmed the incident; he said: “Efforts are on to hold meetings with leaders of both communities to find lasting solution to the conflict.”
“Security operatives have been deployed to the area and peace has returned to the feuding communities.”