President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over reports of violence in four communities in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State. The violence has resulted in loss of lives, injuries and displacement of villagers.
Calling for calm and restoration of peace in the affected communities bordering Abia State, the President, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, urged the people of the areas to allow law and order to prevail.
He said Nigerian communities must be ready to live together in peace since no development can take place in an atmosphere of recurring violence.
President Buhari, who commended the State Government for the steps taken so far towards bringing peace to the areas, also lauded the State Police Command for speedily mobilizing its personnel to the affected communities to contain the crisis. He urged all stakeholders to cooperate and ensure that lasting peace returns to the affected areas.
Several persons are feared killed during the violence that erupted in four communities of the State on Monday. Although details of the incident are yet to be clear, report gathered that the communities have had a long history of disagreements over land ownership.