- The people of Isu reportedly abandon their community following clashes with their neighbours in Cross River state
- A community leader from Isu, Nicholas Igwe Kalu, claims several houses have been torched in Isu clan
- Protests in Makurdi over killing of priests, worshipers
Ten persons have been reportedly killed following a communal clash between the people of Isu clan in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state and their neighbours from Utuma in Biase local government area of Cross River state.
Vanguard reports that the people of Isu have abandoned their community and called on the Abia state government to urgently rescue them from being wiped out by Utuma people.
A community leader from Isu, Nicholas Igwe Kalu, claimed that over 10 persons have been killed in the fracas while several houses have been torched in Isu clan.
He said the dispute began following the on-going road grading being executed by the Ibeto Group, an indigenous firm interested in the development of lime stone said to have been discovered in Isu.
Kalu said: “Utuma people became more hostile to my people since the discovery of lime stone in the area was made public and Utuma people, in collaboration with people from Biase, abducted some members of my community.”
“We want the government to bring the National Boundary Commission to, as a matter of urgency, come and demarcate our boundary with Cross River State as the best permanent solution to constant clashes between us and the Cross River people.”
However, the Abia state commissioner of police, Anthony Ogbizi, said the area is now calm and that his command and his Cross River state counterpart have stationed their men there to ensure that peace reigned.
Meanwhile, Impromptu protests erupted in major areas of Makurdi, the Benue state capital as news of the killing of two priests and 17 worshipers by suspected armed herdsmen filtered into the town.
Among the victims were two priests; Rev Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, two primary school headmasters; Peter Di*k and Ape Chia, a secondary school principal; Michael Tor and 14 other worshipers.
The victims had gone to morning mass at St Ignatius Quasi Parish when their attackers who had laid ambush on the community attacked them around 5.30 am and killed them.
The herdsmen extended their terror to other villagers burnt their houses numbering about 100. Angered by the news, youths took to the streets, blocked roads and made bonfires which caused tension.
Motorists and commuters diverted for alternative routes to get to their desired destination as schools quickly alerted parents/guardians to pick up their children/wards from schools even before closing hours.