The managing director of the Cross River State Water Board limited and Political Chieftain in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State, Dr. Godwin Igile, has described the stories being carried around that he bought weapons for Ekpeti community in Yakurr Local Government Area to fuel their ongoing communal clash with Inyima as false and baseless.

Dr. Igile
Dr. Igile

The Associate Professor of Biochemistry who is from Asiga community in the same Local Government Area had been accused of purchasing weapons for Ekpeti Community to aid them fight Inyima community in an ongoing communal clash between the two communities.

Chief Igile who is also nursing interest to run for the senatorial seat in the Cross River Central Senatorial District said the rumour was an act being perpetrated by his enemies and those who want to pull him down at all cost.

He posited that he is a political chieftain in Yakurr local government where he takes every community in Yakurr as his and therefore will never instigate one to fight against the other.

According to him, “Which community in Yakurr is not mine? Which will I say is more connected to me than the other? If I did buy weapons, why is that when Nko came to level Ekpeti which took them several hours, why weren’t those weapons used to defend themselves or fight back? I’m too enlightened, exposed, God fearing and educated to involve myself in a Barbaric act of such nature. Those acts are being perpetrated by trigger-happy destructive boys with criminal tendencies” he said.

“We as Yakurr elites are meeting to find a lasting solution to the issue. Once we seat as yakurr people we’ll resolve it. We’ll soon be in the communities to kick start the peace and reconciliation process and I’ll say it to the youths that it is peace we need and not every little thing you begin to carry weapons around” he added.

As at the time of filing this report, it was reported that Nko, Inyima, Ekpeti communities in Yakurr L.G.A and Onyeadama communities in Obubra were involved in a communal clash and it wasn’t certain if any peace process had begun yet from any quarter.


By Missang Akpet. 

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