Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has visited the people of Wanikade and Wanihem communities in Ukelle North, Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.
During the visit, he expressed sadness over the crisis in the area and appealed to the people to embrace peace.
Ayade, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu made the appeal during his meeting with the people of the two communities while on an inspection tour of the affected sites in the recent communal clashes between Wanihem and Wanikade in Yala.
He said that the state government would ensure that the boundary between the two communities would be clearly demarcated to avoid future occurrence of communal clashes.
The Governor, who lamented the deplorable state of the road linking the communities of northern Ukelle with the Oju Local Government Area of Benue State assured that the state government would do something about the situation.
He added that more relief materials will be given to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The Governor thanked the Security agencies for responding fast in putting an end to the communal clash and for maintaining peace and order in the communities.
He said, “I also want to charge you all to shun those fanning the embers of disunity; those perpetrating the acts will be brought to book. I want you all to remain law abiding citizens and allow vengeance to God.”
Speaking at the occasion, the Paramount Ruler of Yala Local Government Area, HRM Ogamode Odey Ipoule, thanked the Governor for the efforts made towards restoring peace in the two communities and for the relief materials given to the people,.
The Royal father expressed sadness that after several peace moves that took him to the area for more than seven times, the people resorted to physical confrontation, leading to loss of lives and property.
He stressed that war was an evil wind whose aftermath was sorrow and destruction, and restated the need for the people to embrace the peace move being initiated by the state government to put an end to the problem.
Similarly the Clan Head of Wanihem Community, HRH, Kirken Ulakom, said that the cause of the crisis was boundary demarcation which had lingered over the years.
On his part, the Clan Head of Wanikade, HRH Ubet Okom Stephen Ogede suggested that an Army Barracks should be sited in the disputed land to end the problem.