At Least 150 Killed, 14, 000 Rendered Homeless in Cross Rivers Communal Clash

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A bloody clash between Wanikade and Wanihem communities, both of Ukele north in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State has claimed the lives of 150 people, while 14,000 persons have been rendered homeless.

The clash, which was lasted all of four days, saw over 1233 houses in the two communities destroyed.

According to New Nigeria, sources close to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that residents of the two communities had fled to the 41 neighbouring villages in Yala (Cross River State) and Oju local government of Benue state for their safety.

The clash is said to have erupted as a result of land dispute between the two communities.

Several attempts by the state government and other stakeholders to quell the situation  were reportedly unsuccessful, thus leading to the increase in the destruction and loss of lives.

This fraternal war, which has been described as ‘unprecedented’, is causing a great deal of socio-economic harm to the people, as all farming activities, trading and other businesses have  been stifled, ushering in hunger in the land.

However, security personnel have been  deployed to the communities to prevent further destruction of lives and property.

The 25km road traversing the two communities is presently desolate – people have deserted it for fear of being attacked.

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