The Azuofia Edda Community of Abakaliki Local Government Area, LGA, of Ebonyi State has given an insight into the clash which allegedly broke out over the death of a High Chief.
This is coming after reports made the rounds that no fewer than ten persons were killed following a clash between two neighbouring communities in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River state.
The clash emanated from claims that certain young man from Cross River state, a commercial motorcycle rider, was decapitated for the high chief’s burial in Ebonyi State.
But in their own version of what actually transpired, the Azuofia Edda Community said more than seven communities from Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State gruesomely launched an attack on them unexpectedly with sporadic shootings from warriors numbering over 500, chasing them out of their own community.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST and jointly signed by Obinna Udenwe, Leo Ekene Oketa & Chinedu Nwasum, the Azuofia Edda Community is insisting that it is not in their tradition to kill or use human heads for burial of chiefs or high profile persons in their community.
The statement reads in part: “On the 13th of January 2017, the people of Azuofia-Edda community of Abakaliki Local Government Area in Ebonyi State while in the comfort of their homes, on a very cold harmattan morning, sleeping, filled with dreams and plans on activities for the day, were attacked by a consortium of villages of Ofomana, Ogwurude (Ekori), Ofonama, Okinbogha, Ogamana, Ovurokponu, Okpechi, Ofenagama, Eja, and Ujitum all in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River state.
“This attack started by 4am with sporadic shootings from warriors said to have numbered over five hundred, without enough time for the villagers of Azuofia-Edda community to save their lives or properties – they were outnumbered. These aggressors from the aforementioned Obubra villages had travelled over ten kilometres to reach the villages of Azuofia-Edda community.