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Army invasion of Cross River community swells refugees to 10,000 – Paramount Ruler

The ongoing communal war between two Cross River State communities, Nko in Yakurr LGA and Onyadama in Abi federal LGA has thrown up no fewer than 10,000 refugees.

This was disclosed by the paramount ruler of Yakurr LGA and Obol Lopon of Ugep, HRM Obol Ofem Ubana.

He said most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) who fled mostly from Nko, which is a community next to Ugep, flooded his palace in Ugep since five days ago when platoons of soldiers were deployed from Edor Barrack in Ikom to quell the war.

He said with his private resources, he was able to move good number of the IDPs to a primary school nearby and had been feeding them.

According to him, no authority had yet come to the humanitarian support of the refugees.

“It is only the chairman of Yakurr LGA that has sent me N20,000 to support the feeding of the refugees”, he said.

“The Ugep community is bearing the brunt of the influx of internally displaced people from Nko into Ugep.

“More than 10,000 internally displaced people from Nko are in Ugep.

“Chairman of Yakurr local government council has given me the sum of N20,000.00 to support their feeding,” he added.

He appealed to humanitarian agencies and International NGOs to come to the help of the hapless IDPs.

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