The people of Ovonum in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River are still counting their loses and will never forget in a hurry the recent killing of one person and destruction of property in a raging cult clash which people claim to be an aftermath of Valentine's Day celebration.
The incident has also resulted in women between the ages of 50 years and above, all unclad, in Ovonum, marching in protest.
The women could not sit and watch their community being ravaged by cultists, so they took to the streets to protest the menace while seeking for peace in return, a community leader told newsmen recently.
According to the leader, who never wanted his name to be mentioned, "They were all mothers, between the age of 50 years and above.â€
Another community leader, who also pleaded anonymity, said the cult clash was between members of Clans confraternity and members of a local military force with unique interests of protecting the local dwellers from mishap popularly known and referred to as "Khaki Boys,â€ among the locals of the area.
The community leader said there was an earlier peace agreement signed between the Khaki boys and the community which parts of the agreement states that no one should fire gunshots, irrespective of the situation or celebration in the community.
"But, the agreement was violated which led to tension in the area. After this agreement has been put in place, on Valentine's Day, multiple gunshots were heard in the community,â€ the leader further revealed.
He said "A member of the Khaki boys confronted an alleged cultist who was suspected to have fired the shots asking why he did that and the alleged cultist in turn beat him up saying he has no right to confront him. The attack left a deep machete cut on the khaki boy.
"The Khaki boy ran to his group to reveal what had happened and the group all came back in an attempt to take necessary action by dragging him to relevant authorities,â€ he added.
He said that attempts to resist arrest led to pandemonium between the Khaki boys and friends of the alleged cult member, which led to the death of one Ose Enang Ego, with others seriously injured due to machete cuts.
"Friends and family members seeking justice went on rampage setting houses ablaze, while the Khaki Boys had all disappeared,â€ the anonymous elder statesman said.
Meanwhile, the Cross River State Government, through the Ministry of Information and Orientation, has urged all parties to sheathe their swords for peace to reign in the community.
In a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Asu Okang, recently, the government regretted the loss of life and destruction of property in the affected community.
Government, according to the statement has enjoined all residents of the area to go about their lawful businesses without fear, as it is fully on top of the situation to unravel the cause of the sad incident.
At the time of filing this report, peace has been restored to the community and everyone is going about their businesses.