An unnamed five-year old boy and nine others are believed to have been killed in early Saturday morning’s attack on the Usumutong community by persons suspected to be from Ediba community, both of Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, www.calitown.com has been informed.
A confirmed source, on the line from Usumutong revealed that the dawn attackers ruthlessly torched a few houses, felling the victims in the process before retreating, as day broke. “We do not know if there’s a conspiracy somewhere because while our people fight and kill themselves over nothing, the Cross River State Government has shown no demonstrable commitment to help ensure that the issues at the crux of this recurrent conflict are addressed once and for all” the source added.
In Ediba, Saturday morning, armed war weary locals were sighted making their way back to the village as our crew carefully visited the area. Apprehensive indigenes were also gathered in clusters obviously discussing the latest ugly development. Attempts by our crew to take pictures were stoutly rebuffed.
Meanwhile, CP Hafiz Inuwa, Cross River State Commissioner of Police, when contacted by www.calitown.com this morning, expressed displeasure at the resumption of hostilities between the two communities, adding that police personnel have been mobilized to the area. At press time, we could ascertain that the said personnel had not arrived the area.
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