Thursday, 3 May 2018

CRSHA takes steps to end communal clashes in C'River State

| 3 May 2018 | Ukorebi Esien

The 8th Cross River State House of Assembly on Wednesday 2nd of May 2018 adopted a set of resolutions in a bid to permanently put to an end the numerous communal wars that has engulfed the state in  recent times.

The resolution was taken on the floor of the house as Rt. Hon. Eteng Jones Williams, member representing Yakkur 2 State constituency moved a motion of urgent public interest in regards to the clash between Oyadama  in Obubra Local Government Area and Inyima in Yakkur Local Government Area were according to the lawmaker,  not less than 5 lives were lost during the April 6th attack. 

The lawmaker who traced the communal war between both communities to 1989 said it high time government took drastic measures and decisions that will bring lasting end to the clash between both communities. 

Hon. Williams informed that he had taken on the spot assessment to the community with some relief materials and called on the government through SEMA to come to the aid of the people because according to him 'we are helpless, we need help. As I speak there's no single house left there. The boundary between Obubra and Yakurr must be properly demarcated, there's need for government to move in'. 

Speaking on the issue, the speaker Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt Hon John Gaul Lebo who described Rt.hon. Eteng's motion as an emotional appeal said communal clashes in Cross River State is no longer news because there is hardly no Local Government Area  without one form of clash or the other. He opined that the Ebom/Ebijakara clash had laid set a precedence for communities to wipe out each other. 

The speaker who frowned at the act in strong words said the house should brain storm on the matter and proffer lasting solution to not just the Inyima/Oyadama clash but all the impending communal clashes in the state. He thereafter revealed that the incessant communal clashes in the state is an indication that community governance has failed and that these clashes creates an economy for some set of beneficiaries such as the native doctors who supplies charms the boys,  the arms dealers and also some kingpins who end up using those boys for inter-state kidnapping.

After several arguments and counter arguments from members,  the house final adopted some set of resolutions believed to bring an end to all the communal crisis in the state. 

The resolutions include the following:

1.The Assembly should embark on, on the spot assessment visit to both communities
2. Setting up of a Commission of Inquiry to look into the remote and possible cause of as well as proffer solutions to the communal crisis.

3. All elected officers, appointees of the government from Waring communities in Cross River State, Divisional Police Officers of the Nigerian Police in the affected Local government Areas, State Security Adviser, traditional rulers, etc should appear before the Assembly to give explanations on the recurrence of the crisis. 

Ukorebi Esien blogs and Edits for TDN 
He is also a Social Media Strategist and a Politics blogger who tells the Nigerian Story one article at a time