By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian Police on Tuesday disagreed over the causalities figure recorded during a communal clash in Cross Rivers State.
While the President claimed that the clash has resulted in loss of lives, injuries and displacement of villagers, the Police disagreed, stressing that no life was lost.
The affected communities were Urugbam, Egbor, Ipene, and Abanwan in Biase Local Government Area.
Buhari, while expressing concern over reports of violence in four communities in Biase Local Government Area, urged the people of the areas to allow law and order to prevail.
Calling for calm and restoration of peace in the affected communities bordering Abia State, he said: “Our communities must be ready to live together in peace since no development can take place in an atmosphere of recurring violence.”
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 returned to the affected areas.
Earlier, the Cross River State Police Command denied reports that the clash had claimed several lives.
Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, described the information as fake, misleading and a compendium of lies calculated to cause tension fear and panic in the state.
The Commissioner, however, admitted that the crisis had been ongoing for a while now, following a land tussle between the communities.
According to him, security agencies are trying their best to put the situation under control, therefore, enjoined members of the general public to go about their lawful businesses.