A Cross River Community by name, Ebom Community in Abi local government area of Cross River State has debunked reports on the pages of newspapers which alleged that the community invaded one of its neighboring by name Usumtong Community, about a week ago.
Speaking with journalists on the issue yesterday in Calabar, a Community Leader in Ebom, Chief Irem Enyim-Egu, stated its community wasn’t responsible for any form of wanton of lives and property suffered by the Usumutong people.
He said people from the Ebom Community had been variously attacked and abducted by trespassers in recent times and they had reported the matter to the government and to the police.
The community leader stressed that some youths in the area had launched an attacked on residents of Ebom on Wednesday last week, and were repelled by the youths who chased them away stressing that the irate youths were pursued to Usumutong village, where they retreated.
In his words,the traditional ruler said,“There was an attack in the Ebom community. There was a reaction and because of the attack, we had to chase the people who attacked and discovered that they ran back to Usumutong community.
“We have continued to hold our peace. They went and reported that many villages attacked them and they included Ebom. We did not attack any community. There was no plan to attack them because having reported to government, we were still waiting for the government to act.
“We only defended ourselves when people came to our community and we had to defend our community and we chased them to Usumtong community and retreated. We did not chase them into their own community because elders had instructed our youths to be of good behaviour. All the reports that the Ebom people attacked Usumutong and attacked their community is a fabrication to buttress their position.”
He called on governments at all levels and concerned citizens to look into the crisis in the area with a view to finding a lasting peace to the problem.
“There is no gain when people run into crisis. We lose a lot of things. As I talk to you now, we cannot visit our farmlands because of intimidation in our bushes,” he complained.