10 people who are mostly youths have lost their lives following a clash between two communities in Abi LGA of Cross Rivers State, South South Nigeria.
The two communities, Usumutong and Ediba, reportedly have a longstanding land dispute spanning for decades when youths from Ediba were said to have stormed the conflict property on Friday 19 November 2016.
On hearing the development, Usumutong youths who were returning from a burial ceremony mobilized themselves with dangerous weapons and clashed with the perceived intruders who were fore-prepared for the battle.
An eyewitness who spoke to newsmen said:
“They are still quarrelling over a piece of land. They are saying that the last time there was a conflict, the Usumutong people inflicted so much casualties on them, so they were looking for an opportunity to strike back and did so on Friday. It was a revenge attack.
“The people of Usumutong who suffered the attack are planning a counterattack from what I am hearing because it is like today (Monday) is the market day of the Ediba people. It is actually a sad situation because the two communities are brothers and sister. There is no difference between them and they are just killing themselves like that. It is just animalistic. In this age of civilisation people are still doing such.”