No fewer than eight person have been killed and over 52 houses burnt in fresh crisis which erupted between Ebonyi and Criss River state on Sunday.
At least 80 persons had been missing since the crisis began and over 5,000 indigenes of Urugban community, currently taking refuge in three Internally Displaced Persons camps in Amagwu Ohafia and Ekoli Edda, in Abia and Ebonyi states.
PUNCH reports that three persons from Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, whose names were given as Mmecha Ibe, Sam Oko and Olughu Enworo, were reportedly beheaded in the renewed crisis, in addition to corpses of some five aged women allegedly burnt during the incident.
The Cross River State Police Command confirmed the development but said the matter was being blown out of proportion.
Spokesperson for the command, Irene Ugbo, told PUNCH on Saturday that two persons had lost their lives, four persons injured and 52 houses burnt in the crisis.
Ugbo said, “This issue is blown out of proportion. We, in a meeting with all the parties involved, resolved that everybody should be calm and allow peace to reign.
“In the crisis, two persons died, four injured and 52 houses were burnt down. So, it’s not eight persons that died as it is being claimed.”