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Primary school teacher shot as Benue and Cross River communities clash

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A renewed conflicts between the Bette community in Obudu local government area of northern Cross River State and the Tivs in Vandeikya local government area of southern Benue State has left a primary school teacher, Mr. Akomaye Betiang shot in the hand.

Our investigations revealed that the incident occurred on Betiang’s farm while he was working.

The farm is located not far from the River Aya which the Bette people say is the boundary between both villages.

The renewed conflict is said to have erupted on Thursday and is the third time in less than 2 years since the problem degenerated to a full blown war about a decade ago. According to sources, the Abonkib clan of the Bette community which owns most of the land close to the area under contention said they had cleared a swamp to cultivate rice only to discover the next day that the Tivs had already planted rice seedlings.

It was gathered that the action led to a face off which escalated into a gun battle. What is currently unclear is what the situation is as this reporter is yet to obtain comments from both warring sides with Mr. Betiang said to be receiving treatment at a private facility in Obudu.

There was a heated disagreement between the two communities in January which led to the shooting of one Mr. Placidus in Obudu.

There were allegations that the war returnees also had a faceoff with men of the Nigerian Army who attempted to seize their weapons at Girls Secondary School.

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