Cross River State Communal Clashes: Government Speaks On The Lingering Crises

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Security Adviser (SSA) to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Mr. Ani Esin has finally given an account of the lingering crisis in some Cross River State communities.

While speaking with newsmen on phone in Calabar, Esin said, “It was a busy Monday in Cross River State; there were flash points in Biase, Usumutong and one or two other communities in the state.

“I hope we are not over stretched, all these problems were lingering but early warning signal would have doused some of these tensions. So we will see what we can do in terms of management.

In Biase local government area, the SSA said, “Lately, there was a committee set up to look into the crisis and that committee has submitted it report to Deputy Governor since last Friday and this new attack came as a surprise.

“The communities are mobilized for a show down, however, we have already gotten early warning signals to make sure that we put the two sides apart for the main time, hence security operatives have been deployed to these flash points.

“There was a rumour that three persons were killed and two were beheaded but I am yet to ascertain that, this thing happened on Sunday night. On Usumutong/Ediba crisis, the area is little bit calm now because security operatives have been deployed there while we are trying to bring a permanent solution to the crisis.

“The crisis has not escalates to full blown war. It is people building arms but the pre-violence mechanism has revealed that each community are getting set to move arms to war front, we will not allow that. They are yet to clash” he stated.

President Buhari has also reacted to the crisis, commending the security agents in the state and the state government for efforts targeted at curbing the crisis.

The president also called for peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians.

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