Tension Soldiers As Kill 10, Burn Houses In Cross River Community
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EKO HOT BLOG reports that atleast ten people were reportedly killed in the Cross River community over the weekend during an alleged reprisal attack by men of the Nigerian Army.
According to reports, some soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in the community unleashed terror after one of their high-ranking officers was allegedly killed by residents of Yakurr.
This online media platform understands that there has been a communal crisis between Nko and Onyadama, both in the Cross River Central Senatorial District over farmland.
Some soldiers were said to have been deployed to the area to maintain peace. However, while carrying out their duty, one of their commanders was reportedly killed in Nko.
In retaliation, according to the Press, the soldiers went about shooting sporadically and in the process killed at least 10 residents. They also razed many homes, leading to the displacement of hundreds of persons.
Narrating her bitter experience, a lady who identified herself as Esther Offem told journalists that her 70-year-old father, Okoi Offem was killed in the incident.
She said the Sunday, June 26 reprisal attack claimed the life of her father, Offem. According to her, the old man could not walk so he was burnt alive during the incident.
“My father had arthritis, so he couldn’t walk well, which made it difficult for him to leave his house. The soldiers locked him inside and burnt the house. This was done to other villagers too.
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“My mother, Mary Offem, is in her 60s and currently hiding in the bush because the soldiers are still there. She was the one who called to inform us about the incident. She’s in the bush with some other villagers as we speak. The experience has been terrible for me, and we need the authorities to stop the soldiers from shooting”, Esther said.
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