Cross River Community sends SOS to government

| January 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Governor of Cross River state Ben Ayade

From EMMA OBI, Calabar

Indigenes of  Ebom in Cross River State on Thursday reported the missing of one of their kinsmen, Obeten Ube, who went to in his farm and has not been seen ever since then.

The suspicion is that he might have been kidnapped and whisked away to an unknown destination.

 The Ebom people alleged that Ube might have been kidnapped by armed men allegedly from Usumutong .

A woman named Diana Bassey was also alleged to have been assaulted in her farm but luckily escaped being whisked away.

It would be recall that the people of Ebom and Usumumutong from Abi local government area of Cross River state have been in crises which have claimed the lives of many and properties for decades over land tussle.

The Town Council Chairman of Ebom community Sunday Obeten who spoke to our correspondent said the recent incident occurred yesterday at about 9am when people were in their farms working.

According to him, “What happened is that we want to report the injustice happening inside our farm land. Today as people went to farm they met some armed men, they were afraid, panicked and ran away, this has been happening for some times now and we have been reporting to the Chief of Osumutong and they said they will find out and they will warn the people. But todays, the armed men, allegedly from Usumutong surrounded the farm where one of our women was beaten and almost killed.

Obeten alleged further that the woman’s neighbor “who was also in his farm but relatively far off from the scene did not know what was going and so, the kidnappers surrounded the man and took him away”  adding that nothing has been heard of the kidnapped man ever since then.

The town council chairman said his people are peaceful stressing that since “2009, you might have heard what happened, they kidnapped two of our people, still we refuse to fight because we are praying for peace in our community. Along the line as they had problem with Ediba, they kidnaped our person, killed him, still we did not do anything. They entered our farmlands almost every day destroying people’s yam”. He further alleged.

“They have been victimizing us in many ways and we have been reporting to their Chief. Sometime we will send delegates, sometimes we talk on phone. Even last week we reported to their chief when they threatened one of our men that were riding his bike and he fell down and got bruises all over his body.” He lamented.

All efforts to reach the Police proved abortive as the Police Public Relation Officer (PPR), ASP. Irene Ugbor and the  Commissioner, Hafiz Inuwa did not pick their phone calls at the time of filling this report.

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