10 Feared Dead As Calabar Tribes Go To War Over Human Head For Burial Of High Chief

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In Cross River state, the fierce war between two neighbouring communities in Obubra Local Government Area, caused by the head hunters of one of the communities has reportedly led to the death of ten people.

It was reported that the war raging between the people of Ogwurude and their Oyidah neighbours sparked off when the Oyidah community head hunters were said to have harvested the head of a young man which they intended to use in the burial ceremony of a chief.

 

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Narrating the reason for the conflict between the two communities, Clement Ekpe, a resident in the area said:

“Some head hunters chased the okada boy, who was returning from Oyidah Market with a lady and caught up with him at Ogwurude Junction.

“They asked the lady to run into the bush, killed the boy and cut off his head.

“When the lady got home and narrated what happened, some Ogwurude youths rushed to the junction, where they found the headless body of the young man.

“They followed the bloodstains on the road to Oyidah community.”

“They informed Oyidah’s Village Head about the incident and asked that those who carried out the act be brought out and handed over to the police.

“However, the Village Head could not produce the perpetrators and that led to a reprisal attack that night from the Ogwurude people.”

Speaking on the matter also, another source who could not confirm the particular number of people killed in Oyidah, said as many as seven people died. He added that two persons from Ogwurude were killed in the fracas, whereas many houses were set burnt down in both communities.

However, the Cross River state security adviser, Mr. Jude Ngaji, said that peace had been restored to the warring with security operatives deployed to the area, while efforts are being made to hold meetings with leaders of both communities in order to find a lasting solution to the conflict.