Ebonyi/Cross River Border War: 5 Persons Still Missing


By Esther Nworie


Ebonyi State Police Command said the five missing persons in Ekoli Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in the renewed boundary clash between the area and Biase Local Government Area of Cross River state are yet to be found.

Citizens’ Advocate in it last Sunday edition reported that, a 55 year old man, Ndukwe Okoroafor and his 49 year old wife, Paulina Ndukwe in Ekoli Edda were allegedly murdered by suspected warlords in the renewed crisis by the warlords over palm plantation in the boundary between the two local government areas. It was also reported that their corpses were taken away by the invaders.

Five other victims from the area including Esther Ikwo, Elizabeth Ikwo, Chinechere Nnachi, Ogbonna Aku, Sunday Ogbuu Ama were abducted when the warlords struck.

The State Commissioner of Police, Philip Maku while speaking to journalists in Abakaliki said the five missing persons have not been found and that the police command was working assiduously to unravel their disappearance.

Maku said, “We are on top of the matter and hopeful their disappearance will be unraveled. We are also relying on those in the Cross River axis for any useful information but we have not seen any of their dead bodies.  So we believe they are still alive.

“National Boundary Commission should come and do proper demarcation of the disputed area and other disputed areas throughout all the boundary areas across the state” he said.

The new Police Commissioner warned criminals to stay away from the state or be ready to meet their waterloo as the command would not allow any criminal to breech the existing peace in the state.

He requested for full cooperation of the people to combat crime in the state especially by providing useful information to the police on time.

CP Maku on the proposed community policing, said the command will give full backing of community policing which according to him will enable communities to be fully in charge of policing their communities and assist the command in combating crime.

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