Calabar - A Niger- Delta militant group has taken over two local government areas in Cross River State forcing people to flee for their lives, reports Thisday.
The group believed to be members of Bakassi Strike Force, had been operating in the state for some time.
The group has, however, seized control of Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas, displacing both civil and traditional authorities in the councils.
Elected chairmen of the two local governments have fled the area for several months now, while the councillors hold their legislative sittings in Calabar.
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The secretariats of both local councils have also been deserted by civil servants for fear of being kidnapped or attacked by the militants.
The militants are said to have also rendered the state judicial organs and the traditional institutions in Akpabuyo and Bakassi local governments impotent, as the militias now handle matters that should otherwise be handled by the conventional courts, village heads, clan chiefs, and paramount rulers.
This is coming two days after the Niger Delta Red Square announced the end of a two-week ceasefire while warning the Imo State government that their next phase of attacks would take the state by storm, News24 reports.
The group through a statement posted on their Facebook account threatened that the state and Nigeria will be shocked by their next attack while promising to show the country the deadliest side of the militancy.
- News 24