Two monarchs in Cross River state has been dethroned and decertified by the State Government.
The Obol Lopon of Nko, Obol Etim Ayomobi, in Yakurr and the Clan Head of Onyadama, Ovarr Vincent Erena, in Obubra Local Government Areas were dethroned after a communal clash between the two communities which resulted in loss of lives and loss of properties.
A statement signed by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade, Linus Obogo, read, “The dethronement and de-certification of the two monarchs and all other traditional rulers in the two warring communities are as a result of the intractable communal clashes.”
Both Nko and Onyadama communities have been fighting over a piece of land.
“The ownership of the disputed land has been revoked and taken over by the state government for overriding public interest.The statement added
“Additionally, the government has ordered the sustenance of army operation in Nko community until those behind the shooting of the six military personnel are produced or fished out.”
Meanwhile, a prominent son of Ugep and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Obono Obla, has condemned the crisis in a statement.
He said, “I call on the Cross River State and Federal government of Nigeria as a matter of urgency to intervene to stem the orgy of violence that has engulfed Nko in Yakurr; and Onyadama in Obubra local government areas.
“The violence has led to the unprecedented destruction of lives and properties in the past two weeks, the dislocation of the lives of the people from these two communities, and a breakdown of law and order.
“The blames for this unfortunate and sad turn of events is on the Chairmen of Yakurr and Obubra local government councils. They are guilty of dereliction of their responsibilities.”