At least seven persons were feared dead in a renewed communal clash between the people of Adadama and Igbo Amabana in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Hostilities between the neighbouring communities started on Sunday night and raged till Monday, as the two communities in a show of supremacy attacked each other with guns and machetes.
Sources say the conflict was as a result of a long standing dispute over the ownership of a parcel of farm land which borders both communities.
Three corpses were on Tuesday afternoon seen at Adadama, along the Ugep – Abomege Road, which leads to Ebonyi State.
“Apart from these ones you are seeing on the road, there are about four (dead bodies) inside the villages which I saw,” a policeman on duty to maintain peace in the area said.
Meanwhile the affected villages of Adadama and Igbo Amabana, Igbo Ekureku and Afagara, in the recent communal clash, have become deserted, as the villagers have all fled for fear of arrest by the detachment of anti-riot policemen in the communities.
“Many of them have fled to Ugep and some to Abomege in Ebonyi State. Anyone seen around here would be taken to Calabar to explain the senseless violence. Don’t forget that the governor is from this local government area. They have no respect for him,” a villager said.
Mr John Umoh, State Police Public Relations Officer, said a team of Mobile policemen had been dispatched to the warring communities, adding that from the reports available to him, normalcy had been restored to the area.
Investigations revealed that communal conflicts have become a common phenomenon among neighbouring communities in the area during farming seasons.