Victims of C-River communal clash cry for help
By Ike Uchechukwu
CALABAR—Victims of the communal clash between Wanihem and Wanikade communities in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State have appealed to the state and federal governments to come to their aid.
Some victims, who spoke with Vanguard at Yala, called on the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to assist them with relief materials.
The communal clash, which occurred between June 27 and 29, claimed lives and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.
A traditional ruler in Wanihem community, Mr. Samuel Lukpata, said the crisis had caused hardship in the area, as food and cash crops were also destroyed during the crisis.
His counterpart in Wanikade community, Mr. Stephen Odege, said some residents of the community now seek refuge in nearby communities.
Speaking further, Odege noted that in view of the destruction, majority of young men from the community have become labourers in nearby communities, to survive.
Contacted, Mr. John Inaku, state Director General of SEMA, told Vanguard there had been a joint assessment between SEMA and NEMA, adding that plans were on to provide succour to the victims.
He urged them to remain law abiding, saying government will respond to them accordingly.
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