There is a fight going on between the people of Oku Iboku in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom and those of Ikot Offiong in Odukpani LGA in Cross River because of boundary dispute from Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11 with all kinds of weapons.
Due to the fight, roads were blocked and travelers could not continue their journey until the arrival of soldiers, who drove the fighting youths away to make way for smooth movement of motorists and commuters.
According to the report, a ‘Save Our Soul’ letter signed by Chief Etim Bassey-Offiong on behalf of his people wants Buratai and Idris to investigate the activities of personnel deployed in the Itu end of the bridge closer to Ibawa Police Division in Akwa Ibom State.
Part of the letter: “The people of Oku-Iboku on January 16, 2017, crossed the bridge and attacked our people with dangerous weapons, killing some of us. On January 19, the Oku Iboku people caught one Bassey Ekpo from Eteheten village, who was returning from Port-Harcourt and killed him at Ayadeghe Bridge in the presence of the soldiers.
“On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the Oku-Iboku people with the aid of soldiers crossed the Calabar-Itu Bridge to Cross River to attack our people. Consequent upon the renewed hostility by the Oku-Iboku people, the Nigerian Army and the police have deployed their operatives to the warring area to protect the people and prevent the attack.”