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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Crisis: War between Ukelle in Yala and Izzi in Abakaliki

About thirteen persons were reportedly killed and two villages razed on Friday in the raging inter- communal conflict between the people of Ukele in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River and their Izzi neighbours of Ebonyi State.
The recent conflict started on Monday when a woman was reportedly shot in her farm and on Wednesday when some youths in Ipuolo village returning from a meeting were reportedly attacked by their Izzi neighbours leaving many of them with gunshot wounds.
The Friday killings and burning of houses according to Mr Vincent Egbe, the Community Relations Officer to the Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade in the area started when some Izzi assailants invaded the venue of a peace meeting convened by the Divisional Police Officer for the Area and his Ebonyi State counterpart to find a peaceful resolution to the matter. "We were already in the meeting venue waiting for the arrival of the DPOs from Yala and Izzi Local Government Areas when some youths invaded the venue of the meeting and shot into the crowd and wounded many people". Egbe said He said the Ukele youths mobilised and managed to repel the attackers and it was in the ensuing battle that the village of Nkaleke and Nduabonyi were raved and many people also lost their lives. "They are the aggressors and all our people have been trying to do is to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict yet they keep launching attacks on us". Mr Hafiz Inua, the Cross River State Police Commissioner could not be reached on phone as his number was not connecting but the Police Public Relations Officer for the state police Command, Ms Irene Ugbo said the Commissioner travelled to the area and telephone network is bad there that is why his number could not connect.
The video shows the fleeing  villagers, butchered victims, women and children. 
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