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Tension As Soldiers On Peacekeeping Kill 10, Burn Houses In Cross River

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During an alleged retaliation strike by members of the Nigerian Army over the weekend, at least ten persons are said to have died in the Cross River community.

It was gathered as at press time, soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in the area spread panic after one of their senior officers was supposedly slain by Yakurr villagers.

This news source is aware that a communal dispute over farmland has broken out between the communities of Nko and Onyadama, both of which are located in the Cross River Central Senatorial District.

According to reports, several soldiers were stationed in the region to uphold the peace. However, one of their commanders is said to have died in Nko while performing his or her duty.

In retaliation, according to HumAngle, the soldiers went about shooting sporadically and in the process killed at least 10 residents. They also razed many homes, leading to the displacement of hundreds of persons.

Narrating her bitter experience, a lady who identified herself as Esther Offem told journalists that her 70-year-old father, Okoi Offem was killed in the incident.

She said the Sunday, June 26 reprisal attack claimed the life of her father, Offem. According to her, the old man could not walk so he was burnt alive during the incident.

“My father had arthritis, so he couldn’t walk well, which made it difficult for him to leave his house. The soldiers locked him inside and burnt the house. This was done to other villagers too.

“My mother, Mary Offem, is in her 60s and currently hiding in the bush because the soldiers are still there. She was the one who called to inform us about the incident. She’s in the bush with some other villagers as we speak. The experience has been terrible for me, and we need the authorities to stop the soldiers from shooting,” Esther told HumAngle.

Another resident who asked to be anonymous because of fear of reprisal told HumAngle that many injured civilians were battling for survival in the bush.

“We have been displaced from our homes. The soldiers have no mercy on us. About 10 people have been killed and we are made to suffer and cater for those who sustained injury in the bush. They broke our houses and burned shops. Even the elderly ones are not spared from the inhumane act,” the resident lamented.

The FidelinfoNews understands that the warring communities have been in dispute over farmland on their border for over 10 years.

The communities, located along the Calabar–Ikom highway, have had communal warfare that has claimed many lives, including women and children.

Also, the crisis has also led to abductions on both sides as several houses, churches, and pieces of farmland also got destroyed.

The most recent fight between the communities reportedly happened on Friday, June 24. The incident reportedly claimed at least four lives and leading many others to sustain injuries.

The Nigerian Army deployed soldiers on a peacekeeping mission on Saturday, June 25, to curb the violence.

However, during the peacekeeping operation, a military officer (a major) was shot and subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

Six other soldiers were also reportedly shot and sustained severe injuries.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of Cross River State Police Command, Irene Ugbo told reporters that truly a high-ranking military officer was killed. However, she did not give additional details on the incident or the abuse of human rights that followed

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Squid Game Actor O Yeong-su Charged With Sexual Misconduct

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Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct, South Korean judicial officials say.

Fidel Info reports that The 78-year-old is accused of touching a woman inappropriately in 2017, officials said.

Mr O has denied the allegation according to local media.

He became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a series after his performance in the chart-topping Netflix thriller earlier this year.

The alleged victim first filed a complaint with the police against Mr O in December last year, according to Yonhap news agency. But the case was closed in April without a charge being brought against Mr O.

The prosecution has now reopened the investigation “at the request of the victim.”

Mr O has now been charged without detention, it adds.

Following the charge, Seoul’s culture ministry decided to stop broadcasting a government commercial featuring Mr O, according to local reports cited by AFP news agency.

Squid Game – Netflix’s most popular series of all time – is a thriller series which tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children’s games.

Mr O plays the oldest participant in the survival competition.

Source: BBC

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Insecurity: Bandits Impose Levies On Communities In Zamfara

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A ‘compensation levy’ of varying amounts has reportedly been imposed on some communities in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.

Fidel Info reports that a resident of Moriki, in one of the communities in the local council, Aliyu Buhari, said the bandits had, through released captives, demanded that they be paid the levy before residents will be allowed access to their farmlands.

Buhari said some communities have paid and agreed on a reconciliation deal with the bandits, adding that residents of Moriki are currently working on raising the levy.

“People living in Moriki ward were asked to pay the sum of N20 million to be able to enjoy some level of peace,” he said.

Recently, two people were kidnapped from Dauran community in the council and a ransom was paid for their release, while in Kanwa, over 40 people, who are mostly women, were abducted during a house-to-house search by the terrorists.

The bandits are yet to demand any ransom for the release of the abducted persons.

The bandits had earlier imposed a compensation levy of N20 million on Kanwa community. The levy is to serve as a peace deal between the terrorists and the community.

Despite paying the levy, the residents are currently living in tension, as they believe that the recent mass abduction may lead to another levy.

“Currently, people of Moriki community are processing how to contribute the compensation fee. The fee is to enable them to access their farmlands and live peacefully without any fear of attack,” Buhari continued.

Many communities have already paid the compensation fee. Most of them yielded during the rainy season when farmers needed to work on their farmlands.

“In Moriki, during the rainy season, people were allowed to farm, but they started to threaten our peace when it was time to harvest our farm produce.

“Each household in Moriki has been asked to contribute N6,500 to make up the N20 million levy.”

“I understand that the deadline for the payment was last week Saturday, but the community is still working towards sourcing the money.”

“Some communities that have been asked to pay compensation levy include Gidan Shaho, Kadamutsa, and Dada.”

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Terrorists Abduct Zamfara District Head

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Terrorists have abducted the district head of Kwangami village, Muhammad Galadima, and six others in the Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Fidel Info reports that an indigene, Dahiru Amadu, said that the victims were abducted by heavily armed terrorists on Monday.

Amadu said there was pandemonium in the village as residents tried to escape the  attack, adding that several people were injured.

 He stated that the district head and the six other persons were picked up in their houses and taken to the bandits’ camp.

“We are currently living in fear because the bandits are always around us abducting our people and asking for ransom.

 “Just recently, they abducted 10 of our people on their farmlands who are still in captivity because we cannot pay the ransom,” he added.

The six residents of Kazauda village, Gusau LGA who were abducted a few days ago, have been released by the bandits following the payment of N4m ransom.

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