House of reps wade in cross river communal clash, sue for peace

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A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mike Etaba, yesterday called on the warring communities of Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State to sheathe their swords and allow the state government resolve all contending issues between them amicably.

Etaba, who represents Etung/Obubra federal constituency in the House of Representatives, made the call in Obubra after visiting the affected areas.

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There was a bloody conflict between the Ogwurude and Ohenidah communities and the Iyametet and Ababene people, all in Obubra, who took up arms against each other, killing and maiming with the attendant destruction of properties over farmlands.

Etaba, who described the crisis as unfortunate and avoidable, wondered why people who had lived together for hundreds of years could attack each other because of a piece of land, and appealed to the warring communities to allow peace reign as the governor was not insensitive to the situation.

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“Let me use this opportunity to call on youths and leaders of the communities to learn to exercise restraint in the face of provocation and seek for peaceful solution to any misunderstanding without taking up arms,” he said.

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