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Widows seek protection in cross-border conflict

06 September 2013, 16:27Augustine Osayande

Abuja – More than 200 women, mostly widows, have marched to the offices of the Cross River State government demanding the government’s intervention to stop the renewed killings of their husbands and children by militants from the neighbouring Ebonyi State.

The women, who marched to the offices in Calabar, were mostly from Adadama community in Abi local government, which shares borders with Ebonyi where the killings have resumed.

Christiana Emmanuel Eke led placard-carrying women.

“It has now become imperative for the government to ensure our security since the attacks have now become incessant,” Eke said.

Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, assured the women that the state had put in place measures to ensure peace with the neighbouring communities.

“The state will not relent in its effort to live in peace with its neighbors. The problems will soon be a thing of the past,” he said.

Cobham commended the women for not taking the laws into their hands.

About five months ago, there was boundary dispute between the people of Adadama in Cross River State and their immediate communities in Ebonyi State, which resulted wanton killing persisted until the two state governments intervened.

The marchers said recently, neighbors from Ebonyi State killed three people from Adadama in their farms. The alleged killings occurred in the deceased’s farms.  

– CAJ News


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