Ifiayong Usuk Communal Clash Returns -Wounded, Homeless, Victims Blame Political Leader

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Indigenes of Ifiayong Esuk in Uruan Local Government Area have sent a save our soul message to the State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel to come to their aid over invasion by men whom they said have sent them out of their dwelling places even as they have also lost their farmlands.

Indigenes of the area through a peaceful protest to the Council Secretariat to meet the Council Chairman in a bid to press down their demands called on government to intercede on their behalf to reclaim their land and properties.

While presenting the plight of indigenes of the area to the Council Chairman, a Traditional Ruler in the area, Chief Bassey Ekpo who said that he has been left homeless after the attack alleging that a political leader of Uruan is fueling the attacks and called on the State governor to help the community by calling him to order.

Also speaking, a youth leader of the affected community, Mr. Tom Nte informed the Council Chairman that soldiers had entered the community which left indigenes of the area injured adding that their findings has it that the soldiers were acting on the orders of a political leader, calling on the Council Chairman to intercede on their behalf.

On her part, Mrs. Regina Edet who said that they have been attacked for two consecutive times which have left them homeless with majority of them finding refuge in Churches while they have also lost farmlands to the attack.

In his response, the Council Chairman, Dr. Edwin Okon while thanking the people of Ifiayong Esuk for being peaceful, assured them that the State government has not forgotten about them adding that he will  channel their plight to appropriate quarters for attention. According to him, the State Deputy Governor was presently looking into the crisis.

He noted that restoring peace to the communities is a growing concern and called on them to come to terms to ensure understanding while asserting that the warring parties would be brought to the table where the issues would be normalized.

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