It was violence in South-South on Tuesday as boundary communities of Ikot Offing in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State and Oku Iboku in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State renewed their boundary hostilities.
According to reports, several persons were said to be missing in the early hours of the morning, while houses were set ablaze.
This was not the first time the two parties went violent against each other. The communities have been at each other’s neck over control of a piece of land for the past 30 years, leading to the loss of lives and property at both ends.
A source had told The PUNCH that the assailants came on Tuesday morning, loaded in two 75 horsepower speedboats, and engaged in a 25-minute gun battle with the military at the checkpoint.
According to the source, the high-grade weapons used by the attacker forced people to flee for their dear lives, although the military officers were also said to be equipped with machine guns.