Some herdsmen on Monday unleashed mayhem in the Itigi, Calabar, the hometown of Senator Liyel Imoke, former governor of Cross River State following a clash between the youths of the community and herdsmen.
Naija News gathered that an All Progressives Congress (APC) councillorship aspirant was shot dead over an alleged killing of a cow by the youths.
An eyewitness , Jospeh Ugbor said the herdsmen who claimed that one of their cows was killed by youths in the area, confronted the youths which resulted in a rancour that led to the killing of the councillorship aspirant.
“The conflict attracted security personnel from from Ugep, Yakurr Local government Area, who swiftly moved in to put the situation under control by arresting and detaining some youths and elders from Itigidi.” Joseph said.
He said the arrest of the youths and elders provoked some youths and propelled them to protest against what they called “illegal” arrest and detention.
“These herdsmen have no regard for our land and crops. They think they have a right over our land and can take their cows anywhere. What has just happened in Itigidi is a pointer to this fact. We hope the government will swiftly wade into this matter before more lives are lost,” he lamented.
Police Public Relations Officer for the Cross River Police Command, Ms Irene Ugbo said some anti-riot policemen were dispatched to the area and normalcy has been restored.