Deadly Invasion: Armed Men from Abia State Attack Cross River Community

Armed men from Isu community in Abia State, Nigeria, invaded Mbiabong Ukwa Community in Cross River State, killing 5 elderly individuals and kidnapping young men. The attack is allegedly motivated by territorial land grabbing and mineral resource exploitation, with the community seeking government intervention.

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Deadly Invasion: Armed Men from Abia State Attack Cross River Community

Deadly Invasion: Armed Men from Abia State Attack Cross River Community

In a shocking act of violence, armed men from the Isu community in Abia State, Nigeria, have invaded the Mbiabong Ukwa Community in Cross River State, leaving a trail of destruction and loss of life. The attack, which occurred recently, resulted in the killing of five elderly individuals, the destruction of houses, and the kidnapping of young men who resisted the invaders.

Why this matters: This violent conflict highlights the ongoing struggles over land and resources in Nigeria, which can have far-reaching consequences for regional stability and economic development. If left unchecked, such attacks can lead to further displacement, human rights abuses, and even escalate into larger-scale conflicts.

According to Chief Okon Odiong Ekpenyong Esu, a community leader in Mbiabong Ukwa, this is not the first time the Isu community has launched an attack on their land. He alleges that the invaders, dressed in military uniform, are motivated by territorial land grabbing and the exploitation of mineral resources, particularly the limestone deposits found in Mbiabong land.

Chief Ekpenyong Esu stated, "Several of our people have been killed. So many are from Mbiabong. Mostly, the aged and children who could not run have been killed, while others have been kidnapped." He further claimed that the Isu community receives strong support from wealthy leaders and other individuals in Abia State in their efforts to seize control of the mineral-rich land.

The community leader highlighted a previous attack on Saturday, May 11, 2024, which resulted in the killing of Mr. Ediong Ediong Essien, his wife Madam Ekpitu Ediong Essien, and a young boy named Asuquo Ndem, as well as the kidnapping of many others. The lack of motorable roads and electricity in the area hinders the community's ability to respond quickly to these attacks and call for help.

In response to the recent attack, Williams Bassey, the Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Odukpani LGA, condemned the violence and called for swift government intervention. The community is appealing to both the Federal and Cross River State governments for assistance in preventing their total elimination by neighboring Igbo communities.

Disturbingly, the police authorities in Cross River State claimed they were not aware of the attack. Irene Ugbo, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), stated, "We are not aware of such an attack. It has not been reported to us."

The devastating attack on Mbiabong Ukwa Community by armed men from Isu in Abia State has left the residents in a state of shock and mourning. With allegations of territorial land grabbing and mineral resource exploitation at the heart of the conflict, urgent government intervention and support are needed to prevent further loss of life and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Key Takeaways

  • Armed men from Isu community in Abia State, Nigeria, attacked Mbiabong Ukwa Community in Cross River State, killing 5 elderly individuals.
  • The attackers, dressed in military uniform, are allegedly motivated by territorial land grabbing and mineral resource exploitation.
  • The community leader claims the Isu community receives strong support from wealthy leaders and individuals in Abia State.
  • The attack resulted in the destruction of houses, kidnapping of young men, and rape of women.
  • The police authorities in Cross River State claim they were not aware of the attack, despite the community's appeal for government intervention.