The Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. John Inaku has said that over 150 people have been killed during a communal clash between the people of Wanikade and Wanihem communities in Yala LGA of Cross River State.
Inaku, lamented that over 14, 000 people had been displaced and one thousand two hundred and thirty three (1, 233) houses destroyed.
“Yes, over one hundred and fifty (150) people have been killed, the situation is terrible, we wonder how human beings could be so hardened that they murdered their fellow human beings in such a way; it’s sad.”
The Director General explained that the communal clash was caused by claim and counter claim over a parcel of land in the area, pointing out that residents of about 41 villages were taking refuge at a neighbouring Oju LGA of Benue state.
Biafra: Remove six Niger Delta states from your map – Youths warn IPOB. At the moment, the affected communities have been disserted. However, over 4, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are presently in need of shelter and humanitarian supports. The four IDPs camps have been established in Oju LGA by Benue State government.
The Secretary of Yala local government area, Mr Samuel Oko said that some of the victims were camped in churches, schools, and community halls, with little or no sleeping materials, cooking utensils, food and water.
He said some of the IDPs arrived Oju in Benue State and that their host communities provided them with food and shelter.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Igbo said on phone that more security operatives had been deployed to the area.