The Cross River State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Inuwa Hafiz has described the clash between the people of Ikot Offiong in Odukpani local government area of Cross River and Itu, in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom State as perennial.
He told DAILY POST in Calabar on Friday that the communal clash has to do with boundary dispute.
“The crisis between Ikot Offiong and Itu is a perennial crisis that has to do with boundary dispute to which even the two states government are into it, to an extend that the boundary commission once came, talked to them and even told them that look, the river is the natural boundary to which people from Akwa Ibom state were kicking against.
“So, as far as we are concerned, both myself and my colleague in Akwa Ibom are synergizing and talking and at the same time, most of these skirmishes don’t take place around the area, it is far far into the creeks, that is why at times, it is difficult to get to such areas.
“It is only after it happened that we come to know; however, we kept on advising the head of local government administration and traditional rulers and other well meaning Nigerians to talk to their people to embrace peace because killing here or war there will not bring about development and cannot bring peace.
“Sincerely speaking, from the report so far received, yes there were little skirmishes but of all these death, allegedly discovered, nobody is from this part of Cross River State.
“It is those from Akwa Ibom who are alleging that some of their people were killed but I am not in position to comment on that because it did not happen in my state but all I know is that the crisis between Ikot Offiong and Itu is a perennial crisis that has to do with boundary.”
On Cross River State being the safest state in the country, CP Hafiz said, “Cross River State is the least when it comes to crime in the whole Niger Delta region and notwithstanding, we are still doing our best so the state is very much safe for investors.”
“In fact, I am giving a clean bill of health to Cross River State; as at today, it is the safest state in the country because I knew what myself and other security agencies are doing in both land and water ways to make sure that the state is crime free; though there is no society that is 100% sure of crime but we have reduced crime rate to very very tolerable level and we will continue to do so,” he stated.