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In Cross River State’s Obubra Local Government Area, two communities, Ovonum and Ofatura, are embroiled in a civil war that has claimed many lives and damaged more than 300 homes.

Following the destruction of residen­tial homes and farmlands in the conflict, which was brought on by a disagreement over a piece of land in their farming ar­eas, thousands of people are now without a place to live.

This year’s April battle between the two communities resulted in numerous fatalities and the destruction of many homes. Recently, on Independence Day, the miscommunication returned with­in the plantation, sparking a confronta­tion between young people from the two groups.

“The crisis got to the climax when youths from both sides got home and re­lated the information of what took place at the plantation to their elders and at about midnight, there was an outbreak of violence between the two communities”. A resident of the area, Elom Obongha told Journalists.

He said throughout the night, there was fighting between the two commu­nities and by the time soldiers were dispatched to the area by dawn, a lot of havoc had been inflicted on both sides.

“By the time the soldiers arrived, a lot of damage had been done and now thou­sands of people are now taking refuge at Matter Mesricodia Catholic Church,” he said.

The House of Assembly member repre­senting the area in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Egbe Abeng said he had no hand in the conflict.

“The destruction is on both commu­nities and with the help of Governor Bassey Otu a detachment of soldiers is stationed there to restore peace. There­fore, I call on the government to interro­gate the leadership of both Ofatura and Ovoum because they need to find lasting peace to this problem. I am a peacemaker and Ovonum people voted for me and con­tributed to my emergence. So why should I sponsor a war against them”

In an emotion-laden tone, an Ovonum man, Enang, lamented thus: “My commu­nity has been decimated and our proper­ty destroyed. Over three thousand Ovo­num persons are now refugees in their own land. We are now hibernating at a Catholic church with no food and water to even drink. We call on government and other Non-government Organisations to come to our aid before we suffer outbreak of epidemic. We have not witnessed this kind of destruction on our community”.

An indigene of Ofatura, Justine Ovat said: “The recent crisis is unfortunate. The Adon Kingdom made peace after the April conflict and while we were still trying to settle down, another crisis oc­curred culminating in the destruction of houses in both communities. I call on all leaders to come to a round table to find lasting solution to these conflicts.”


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