All Progressives Congress councillorship aspirant has reportedly been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Cross River state
– An eyewitness, Jospeh Ugbor said the aspirant was left dead in a clash between the youths of the community and herdsmen
– Police public relations officer for the state police command, Irene Ugbo said normalcy has been restored
Pandemonium on Monday, February 12, reportedly struck Itigi which is the hometown of Senator Liyel Imoke, former governor of Cross River state following a clash between the youths of the community and herdsmen.
Vanguard reports that an All Progressives Congress (APC) councillorship aspirant was shot dead caused by the alleged killing of a cow by youths of the community.
An eyewitness Jospeh Ugbor said the herdsmen who claimed that one of their cows was killed by youths in the area, confronted the youths which resulted in an altercation leading to the killing of the councillorship aspirant.
Ugbor said: ”The conflict attracted security personnel from from Ugep, Yakurr local government area, who swiftly moved in to put the situation under control by arresting and detaining some youths and elders from Itigidi.
”The arrest of the youths and elders irked some youth prompting them to protest against what they termed ‘ illegal’ arrest and detention of their youths, chiefs and youth president and during the protest more persons were detained by the police while others took refuge in the bush.
”These herdsmen have no regard for our land and crops. They think they have a right over our land and can take their cows anywhere.
”What has just happened in Itigidi is a pointer to this fact. We hope the government will swiftly wade into this matter before more lives are lost.”
Police public relations officer for the Cross River police command Irene Ugbo said normalcy has been restored with the destach of anti riot policemen to the place.