Ayade sacks traditional rulers over communal clash

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The Cross River State Government has ordered the dethronement and de-certification of the Obol Lopon of Nko, Obol Etim Ayomobi, in Yakurr and the Clan Head of Onyadama, Ovarr Vincent Erena, in Obubra local government area with immediate effect.

This came after a communal clash between the two communities, which resulted in the death of some people and the destruction of homes.

The Nko and Onyadama communities have been fighting over a piece of land.

According to a statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr Linus Obogo, “the dethronement and de-certification of the two monarchs and all other traditional rulers in the two warring communities are as a result of the intractable communal clashes.”

The statement added that, “The ownership of the disputed land has been revoked and taken over by the state government for overriding public interest.

“Additionally, the government has ordered the sustenance of Army operations in Nko community until those behind the shooting of the six military personnel are produced or fished out.”

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Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Obono Obla, has condemned the crisis in a statement.

Also, the lawmaker representing Abi/Yakurr Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr Alex Egbona, has appealed to the warring communities to embrace peace.

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