Renewed Clash Between C'River And Benue Communities Leaves 20 Dead
A recurrent conflict between the Yache-Ijiegu community in Yala LGA, Cross River State, and Tiv settlers from Benue State has resulted in at least 20 deaths.
The conflict between the two communities over land ownership started on Thursday and is the most recent in a string of violent altercations.
It is reported that among the dead are women and children, and there have been numerous injuries. Additionally, homes on both sides of the border have been set on fire.
The Tiv settlers are said to have refused to continue paying royalties for their stay on Yache land, which sparked the conflict two months ago. The Tiv settlers, who have lived in the region for more than a century, contend they are victims of extortion and have nowhere else to go.
A Tiv leader, Mr Jacob Uswa, has blamed the conflict on the Yache people.
He said, “We can’t fold our arms and watch them continue to exterminate our people. We have to defend ourselves. They usually hide in the bushes to launch attacks. This is also our land. We are also from Cross River State,” he claimed
“My father and his own father lived in this community for over 100 years. And I have lived here for over 50 years.
“I am surprised to hear from Yache people that we are not from here.
“We are indigenes of Cross River State, not Benue State. Despite this, we had succumbed to obeying their demands to pay royalties on lands and houses.”
Yache youth leader Augustine Odey accused the two states' governments of failing to handle the situation. Additionally, he claimed that soldiers had been observed going with the Tiv attackers to support them in their violent crimes.
The military has made an effort to keep the area peaceful, according to Lt. Alex, the security team commander, who refuted these accusations. The majority of the violence, according to him, has been caused by the Yache boys.