A policeman and five other persons were killed on Christmas Day during an inter-communal conflict between Uyangha and Ojor villages of Cross River State.
Online reports has it that trouble has been brewing between the two neighboring communities since after some youths fought earlier this year; however, tensions got to a head within the communities few days ago.
“Youths from the two villages fought early this year and many shops, particularly those of Igbo traders, were razed and since then there has never been complete peace between the two communities.
The report added that on Christmas Day, youths from the two villages engaged each other in a fight, using guns and machetes, leading to the killing of five persons and a policeman who was on a peace mission.
“The conflict on Christmas Day was a replay of the skirmishes that took place in March this year.”
Uyangha and Ojor are neighboring villages in Cross River State, located along the Calabar-Ikom Highway about 50 kilometres from the State capital of Calabar.
Its reported that most of the carnage occurred in Uyangha where many houses, shops, business places and churches were set on fire and razed down by rampaging Ojor youths.
The Cross River State Police Command spokesman, Ms Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident saying more policemen have been deployed to the area and normalcy has been restored; however, no arrest has been made yet.