SIXTEEN persons have been reportedly killed while 6 others are still missing following a boundary clash between the Usaka Ukwu, Azunchai, Ekpiri Ala-Ala, Ariam Elu Elu communities in Ikwuano council area of Abia State and their Nkari and Obot Akara neighbours in Ini and Obot Akara council areas of Akwa Ibom State.
Other communities in Abia State affected by the boundary clash including Oboni -Upa, Ndiorie, Obugwu and Ekwelu, lament that they now live in fear of their neighbours who always lay ambush and kill their people on their farmlands. They urged the government to save them from the ince
Addressing stakeholders of the affected communities including traditional rulers, town union presidents, and the Chairman of Ikwuano council, Chief Steve Mpamugo, under the auspices of Ariam Usaka Professionals and Ariam Usaka Development Union;
President General of Usaka Ukwu Development Union, Chief Boniface Mgbaramuko, that the recent clash started from May 2020 to January 22, 2021, when the Nkari people invaded farms belonging to the Usaka Ukwu community and murdered 16 people without provocation.
He alleged that on January 22, 2021, the Nkari people ambushed and killed one of the three soldiers who were alerted to the crisis and seized their rifles and vehicle. In his words; “We have lost 16 people during the attack by the Nkari people; 6 are still missing. 5 persons were killed at Ndiorie;
they skinned one of them alive and danced around with his head. In 2017, they invaded Usaka Ukwu community. Now, they have cleared our farms; their strategy is to kill us when we visit our farmland.
The latest clash started in May 2020 to January 22, 2021. On May 20, Usaka Ukwu indigenes went to their farm at Igbata and were attacked by armed indigenes of Ibono Okporo Nkari. They killed one Peter Uwaechegi Ugorji and shot other 5 persons.
Ugorji’s corpse was recovered and still kept at the morgue. The Chairman of Ini LGA apologised for the killing of Ugorji and promised that the perpetrator will be fished out while the local government will assist in the burial.