Pastor, Motorcyclist Beheaded In Renewed Communal Clash In Cross River

A pastor, George Lifted, alongside a commercial motorcyclist have been murdered in Cross River state. The pastor serves with Champion Arena, Ebom in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday along Adim in Ebom. The pastor was being conveyed in a motorcycle to Assigha in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River through Adim when the incident occurred. The pastor and the cyclist were beheaded.

It was gathered that the pastor was from Yakurr while the cyclist was from Ebom, one of the war-torn communities that had issues with Usumutong, Ediba and Affafayin, all in Abi Local Government Area.

Speaking with Daily Post, the village head of Ediba in Abi local government area of Cross River State, Uvara Imong Anani, said, “I am aware of the renewed communal clash and the killing of a pastor and his boy.

“The incident occurred in early hours of Saturday along Adim road. It is the people of Usumutong that killed the victims,” he alleged, explaining that “because of this trouble, the Ebom people pass through Adim to Ebom and that is where Usumutong people went and ambushed and killed the duo and had their heads cut off”.

He said the pastor was from Assigha in Yakurr local government area while the cyclist was from Ebom in Abi local government area of Cross River. He further stated that the people of Assigha came on Saturday and collected the headless body of their sons to their place for burial.

According to him, the pastor was living in Ebom and had his church there, “He was going to his village when the incident occurred. His people came on Saturday and collected his headless body for burial.”

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