Youths demand release of arrested colleagues

Youth leaders in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State have appealed to the state government to secure the release of their colleagues reportedly captured by soldiers of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Ibagwa, Akwa Ibom State.

The youth leaders who converged at the governor’s office on Tuesday said they would cause disorder at border communities in neighbouring Akwa Ibom State in retaliation if their demands were not met.

The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, reportedly left the office without attending to them.

Soldiers in Ikot Offiong, Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State reportedly arrested the youths last week for allegedly being in possession of sophisticated weapons.

Sources claimed the youths were about to enter Oku Iboku in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State to resume the lingering communal war in the area which has claimed hundreds of lives with many of houses damaged.

The Cross River State chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Ndiyo Ndiyo and another youth leader in the Odukpani area, Comrade Okon Philip, who led hundreds of elderly women and youths from affected communities of Odukpani with placards to protest the capture and detention of the 17 youths, said they were calling on the state government to secure their lives against further attacks by youths from neighbouring Akwa Ibom and Fulani herdsmen. DAILY TRUST. M

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