More killings in Ebonyi, Cross River boundary clash

Nigerian Police
Nigerian Police

At least nine persons including a pregnant woman have been killed in renewed boundary hostilities between Ofioji, Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State, and Ijutun-Idoru of Obubura council area of Cross River State, residents said.

The spokesman for the police in Ebonyi State, Jude Madu, confirmed the outbreak of hostilities in the area, but said the command had not yet confirmed the death toll.

“We have drafted men to the area to put a stop to the attacks and in the days ahead we will get full details of what happened and if there are any casualties,” Mr. Madu, a deputy superintendent of police, added.

Some residents said the people of Ijutun-Odoru in Cross River invaded Ofioji Izzi community early Friday, shooting sporadically and killing about nine persons.

The head of the community, Nwobegu Mbam, who said he was speaking from hideout, painted a gory picture of how locals were attacked, and called on the state and federal governments to help.

Mr. Mbam said a pregnant woman he identified as Ukamaka Nwifuru was amongst the dead.

”It was very late on Friday night, we had all gone to bed but suddenly a very terrifying sound was heard in our community and in the ensuing confusion, we ran out only to see many houses on fire, and that was when we knew that the people of Cross River have invaded us again. They were shooting our people without mercy; they burnt our houses and carted away our property,” he said.

The Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, described the incident as “barbaric”.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, said, “The Governor during the week made a passionate appeal to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai over the spate of killings of the people of Ebonyi state by their Cross River counterparts.

“He made the supplication which was well coded by the Chief of Army Staff and what we heard again was this provocative carnage and wanton killing of our people by the Cross River people.”


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  • M-olaniyi Odebode

    Cross River and Ebonyi states are both Biafran states on Nnamdi Kanu’s list. Are future Biafrans already fighting and killing each other?

    • aboki

      The beginning of annexation agenda rejection and resistance from resource region .
      What of omeleri and oneleri dispute ? I stand be corrected for missing the names correctly please .

      • Netanyahu

        aboki will always be aboki, brainless or with cow brain.

        • aboki

          Despite that ABOKI is control as majority carry the vote.
          Despite that there are millions of IGBO race earnings their daily needs ABOKIs land.
          Noise makers NYAMURI ke nan.

  • Mentus

    Are they sure it was cross river people, this looks like the hallmark of jihadist herdsmen.

    • amazing2012


  • Dan_Arewa

    So the people of Cross River don’t want to be part of Biafrud. The Arewa Youth just issue a quite order but their neighbours are killing them. We are waiting to hear what those that condem the Arewa Youth stand will do these time.

    • Ofadim Clement

      This is blatant lie
      It is rather the opposite
      People of Ebonyi killing ppl of Cross River State
      Let the federal government through the boundary commission go there for an immediate boundary demarcation and halt the annihilation of the PEOPLE OF OBUBRA LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN CROSS RIVER STATE

  • Arogbo

    Give them referendum, please. They must have Biafra by force or by fire.

  • Intrepid

    All ye Zoolanders making noise, which part of the Zooland is safe? From Gwozo to Jalingo? Cameroon wants to repatriate 150.000 zooland Refugees. What a God-foresaken country?

  • Goks

    Where is CAN in all this killings? I’m sure if this was Southern Kaduna, CAN will be blowing hot now. They are busy fighting about curriculum. This same killings is going on by cross river and Akwa Ibom boundary nere oku Iboku no one is commenting. But when it is herdsmen, it becomes a plan to s
    Islamic the country.

    Nigerians should wake up and recognise the difference between an ethnic fight and a religious fight. I still maintain that all fits are ethnic /tribal in nature. Ife/modakeke. Ezza/Ezillo, Umuleri /Aguilera, Zango Kataf etc

  • Shahokaya

    Must Ibos take south south land by force? Is this how they intend to run Biafraud?

    • Otile

      Stinking Fulani, trek back to Sierra Leone before you behead more people in Northern Nigeria, jackass.

      • Shahokaya

        Who is this rascal?