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C’ River: Victims of communal clash receive food items

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Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency has distributed food and non-food items to victims of communal clashes in Obubra, Obanliku and Abi local government areas of the state.

Items distributed include bags of rice, beans, cartons of seasoning cubes, salt, garri, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and dozens of wrappers, among others.

Director-General of SEMA, Mr. John Inaku, said that the items were bought by Governor Ben Ayade to ameliorate the plight of the victims.

Distributing the items to the people of Ababene in Obubra LGA, Inaku said that the people were attacked by their neighbouring community of Inyamitate.

He said that SEMA was displaying the passion the governor had for his people, adding that the people were suffering as a result of the attack.

Inaku said, “Governor Ben Ayade in his magnanimity has provided the affected victims with all these items. He has sent us here to deliver these items and to also preach peace among the warring communities.

“The rate of communal clashes in Cross River is alarming. This historical tussle over land ownership whenever the farming season approaches is very worrisome. These items are to provide succour to the people. Communities in Cross River must learn how to handle issues in a peaceful manner.”

Village head of Ababene community, Mr. Amon Egbun, who received the items on behalf of the community, expressed sadness over the recent attack that claimed two lives in his community.

Egbun regretted that his community was attacked despite the peace meetings organised by the state government in collaboration with security agencies to bring peace between both communities.

“The crisis is a long standing one. The last one ended in June 2016; we managed to curtail it after several lives were lost and properties destroyed. We have been a peace loving community and you can see that during the recent attack of May 15, we did not repel back,” he said.

He commended Governor Ayade for providing the food and relief items to them, thereby urging him to set up another panel to ensure a lasting peace among the two communities.

In Obanliku local government, the SEMA director-general also distributed food and non food items to victims of `Busi 4’ community that were attacked by `Busi 1’ community in April 2017.

Youth Leader of Busi 4, Mr. Odem Sipen, who received the items on behalf of the victims, expressed happiness for the kind gesture

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