Invaders suspected to have come from neighbouring community in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State have murdered thirty-four people, including the clan head of Ntan Obu community and four policemen.
A police source said the invaders who also went round the community in the night slaughtering almost everybody that came on sight, beheaded the clan head whose name was not mentioned.
According to our reporter the suspected invaders from Ikpanya community in Ibiono local government area of the state attacked their victims in the night and left their dead bodies littering the Eniong beach river.
Confirming the story, the state police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Hogan Bassey told The Moment in an interview that 'we can't give exact figure now because we just discovered another person found dead now, we are still investigating'.
Chairman of Odukpani Local Government Council, Chief Steve Asuquo commenting on the incidence told The Moment that it was a sad omen for the Local Government Area to see the entire community wiped out by an invading community in the twenty first century.
He said the current incursion by the people of Ikpayan in Ibiono Local Government Area was the second time.
The council boss also said the remote causes of the crises has been lingering for decades over the struggle of the people of Ikpanya for land that he claims belong to Ntan-Obun Community in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.
He also said the land dispute had been prolonged for quite a number of years leading to litigation and expressed shock that even after the Supreme Court Judgment that ruled in favour of Ntan-Obu community and Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State, the people still went ahead to take the laws into their hands said Asuquo.
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