Gov Imoke Imposes Curfew In Boki


As the surviving victims of the recent Boje and Nsadop communal conflict in Boki  Local Government Area of Cross River State, South South Nigeria, continue to count  their losses, the state governor, Liyel Imoke has condemned the wanton killings and  imposed curfew in the area.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Patrick Ugbe, Imoke said the scale of  destruction of farm crops and property as well as the needless loss of lives in  Nsadop was a shocking escalation of the dispute at hand and totally unacceptable to  his administration.

“This administration, up to the last moment, had actively intervened by inviting the  leaders of the warring communities to amicably resolve the dispute and prevent this  crisis from unfolding. Despite these and many other attempts, the communities still  resorted to violence,” the governor said.

He ordered the immediate confiscation of the disputed land lying between Boje and  Nsadop and called on the Surveyor-General of the state to delineate the affected  area.

He also ordered the imposition of an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew between 6.00  p.m. to 6.00 a.m. in Boje, Nsadop and adjoining communities of Bansan and Iso  Bendeghe, with immediate effect.

He said a Judicial Panel of Inquiry would be set up with a view to determining the  remote and immediate causes of the conflict.

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Meanwhile, the dead victims of the war were given a mass burial in the village of  Nsadop on Wednesday amidst wailing by women of the three affected villeges after  over 70 of the men were killed last Saturday during the battle.

The bodies were lowered into a mass grave dug at the centre of the town on Wednesday  by few of the remaining youths in Nsadop.

The bodies, which were used by the Boje combatants to mount road blocks along their  common border with the Nsadop, were mangled and decapitated.

“They (Boje) left the forest where the combat was going on and took a hidden route  to our homes and began to destroy our houses. When we got wind of it and came from  the forest, they laid ambush for us and killed us like rats,” a youth who gave his  name as Christopher told P.M.NEWS.

According to him, the Boje combatants only selected men and left the women during  the ‘massacre’. Every male, whether child, visitor, cripple, blind or mad was hacked  to death by the Boje people because they said they want to exterminate all of us,”  he added.

—Emmanuel Una /Calabar

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