“Everyday, at least one Yala man dies. We wake up every morning to find a dead body either under a tree, by the road side or inside gutter. Our people are dying everyday”
The perpetual killings of Yala indigens by their neighbors, Izzi, of Ebonyi State are gradually taking over the social media space as photo reports of dead bodies are frequently uploaded on various platforms, at least once, each day.
With the state governor, Senator Benedict Ayade perpetually silent in voice-and-action, the people of Yala are left to their fate, facing in war, an opponent which seems to be more equipped for the challenge.
Early Monday morning chat with Mr. Sunday Odey, an indigen of Ukelle South who is currently taking cover in Okpoma, Yala Local Government Headquarters, reveals the consistency at which the people of Yala are being killed.
“Everyday, at least one Yala man dies. We wake up every morning to find a dead body either under a tree, by the road side or inside gutter. Our people are dying everyday,” Sunday Odey lamented.
Meanwhile, Yala Local Government Area is, at the moment one of the distinguished LGAs whose natives are currently in top government seats; few of those are: Senator Rose Oko, representing Cross River North at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly; Hon. Regina Leonard Anyogo, Representing Yala I at the State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Ogana Lukpata, representing Yala II; Mrs. Stella Orem Odey, Commissioner for Women Affairs; Hon. John Ulafor, Commissioner for LGA Affairs; Barr. Joe Agi (SAN), former governorship aspirant; et’al, Cross River Daily wonders aloud what these above mentioned names have done so far in securing the lives of their subjects who hold them for something tangible.
With the exact quotation of casualty lost, a report by Cyril Ogar, published on Al-Jazira News says over 200 lives have been lost with hundreds of houses in Ukele, razed.