Nko Community, one of the feuding communities in the Nko/Onyadama Crisis in Cross River State, have faulted the Army’s approach to the crisis.
The community leaders maintained that the Army acted in an unprofessional manner and inflicted havoc on the people.
The community made this known in a briefing in Calabar, through its spokesman, Akpama Mbang.
He said the community disagrees with the way the crisis is being managed by the Army and described their approach as unethical and unprofessional.
He said, “It is, however, regrettable that this military action in the community has largely rendered the entire indigenes of Nko homeless, beginning from Saturday, June 24, 2022, to this moment.
“Carnage has been exercised in arson, rape and shooting at sight of persons.
“Beyond these, our women have been thoroughly brutalised in very dehumanising forms.
“For more than five days running, many people have been killed through shooting at sight and a lot more wounded, properties that cannot be quantified at the moment, have been destroyed.
“The military personnel have wreaked havoc on the local populace, killing helpless persons, arresting some and introduced a reign of terror in the area.
“Women and children have abdicated their homes, to take refuge in unknown locations, suffering the harsh effects of the associated weather with the rainy season”, he said.
He demanded that the army be stationed at the boundary between the feuding communities and also allow their children to continue schooling.
He also welcomed the government’s decision to take over the disputed land, but appealed to the military high command to remove soldiers from the community, as the continuous stay of the military in the community will not help to bring peace to the area.
However, reacting to the accusation, Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyeama Nwachukwu, said the army did not act unprofessionally.
He said the troops were legitimately deployed to the area, but were attacked and five personnel were critically wounded and under intensive medical care.
“The troops did not conduct themselves unprofessionally.
“Troops were legitimately deployed to restore law and order in a communal clash between Onyadama and Nko communities.
“The troops were attacked and shot with firearms. The five personnel who are critically wounded are currently under intensive medical care”, he said.