Otu imposes curfew on warring communities in C’River
Cross River State Governor, Bassey Otu, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the Ugaga and Igbekurekor communities, as well as in Benekaba Ijama communities, all in Yala Local Council of the state.
It will be recalled that on Monday, September 11, 2023, Ugaga and Benekaba communities engaged in bloody conflict over land dispute, which has lingered for ages.
On Sunday, September 10, 2023, Yache community, in Yala Council and Tiv settlers, from neighbouring Benue State, were also in crisis over boundary and land dispute resulting in loss of seven lives, leaving scores injured and houses burnt on both sides.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Emmanuel Ugbeche, yesterday, in Calabar, said the curfew was to forestall further loss of life and property, and to enable security agencies to deal decisively with the situation.
The statement read: “Following land and boundary disputes, which have resulted in security threats leading to wanton destruction of life and property, I, hereby, impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Ugaga and Igbekurekor communities of Yala local councils, as well as in Benekaba and Ujama, respectively.”
“The curfew is to enable security agencies to deal decisively with the situation in the affected communities and restore normalcy.
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