Not fewer than two persons have been confirmed dead while three others are still missing following a renewed communal clash between the people of Izzi in Ebonyi State and their neighbours of Obubara community in Cross River State.
LEADERSHIP WEEKEND also gathered that three other persons from Obeagu Ibom, Amachi, Izzi community are still missing following the clash.
It was further learnt that some houses in the community were also burnt while many residents of the area had been rendered homeless.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Loveth Odah said that though the situation is now under control, the command has beefed up security in the community.
According to her, “The DPO Izzi Division said he led a team to Obeagu Ibom village in Amachi community, which was attacked by Ijega, Apiamkpum, Orinya villages all in Obubara in Cross River State.
“Adequate security have been beefed up in the place and the Commissioner of Police Philip Maku, has called on his Cross River counterpart to do the same on their side so that peace will rain while the national boundary commission have also been contacted for demarcation to avoid further destruction of properties and lose of life.
“It was difficult earlier to enter the warring communities as the men of Cross River state were seen aggressively around there but yesterday the police in Ebonyi succeeded in entering into Obeagu Ibom village.
“Some houses were burnt, some were also damaged, two persons were killed among them is a 9 years old boy.
“The second person is a male whose is yet to be identified as the villagers have deserted the area to a nearby community”.
“More Police officers have been deployed to beef up security and restore normalcy to the area and to avoid another attack on the people”, she said
“The villagers are believed to have fled the community and taken refuge in nearby communities”.
A source who spoke to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND on grounds of anonymity revealed that the renewed boundary dispute started on Wednesday.