Two feared dead in Cross River communal clash

A fight broke out on Wednesday between the people of Ikot Offiong and Okoyong Akpap communities in the Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

It was alleged that the people of Ikot Offiong invaded Okoyong Akpap and killed a man and a woman and proceeded to destroy houses and other property, a claim the police said they had not confirmed as of the time of filing this report.

An indigene of Okoyong Akpap, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said, “They (Ikot Offiong people) killed a man and a woman. They took the people of Akpap Okoyong unawares. They burnt down people’s houses. The Okoyong Akpap people have no idea what caused the fight.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident.

She said, “The Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, deployed men immediately we heard that information. It has not been confirmed yet if two victims were killed. No house was burnt.

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“For now, the place is calm. The police have restored calm. We are planning to meet with the two communities to have a peace talk.”

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