Family head shot dead in Cross River community over alleged killing of youth


Young men said to be leaders of Ipong Youths Council led by one Sunday Aniah have shot dead Adie Ungwugwaye, the family head of Bebuatswan village in Obudu LGA, in Cross River State.

The incident happened, Sunday afternoon.

The youth leaders alleged that the elders were responsible for the death of one youth, Richard Unimke from the same community.

Sunday Aniah, who is said to be the vice president of Ipong Youth Council came all the way from neighbouring Kakum village.

The young man, Richard Unimke was said to be riding his bike around his neighbourhood in Bebuatswan village on July 31, 2023, but collided with a herd of cattle.

He was rushed to a nearby private hospital and was discharged after some days.

His condition was reported to have deteriorated on getting home and he was taken back to the same hospital on Sunday, where he reportedly died.

Sources in the community disclosed that young men, possibly friends to the deceased, said to be leaders of Ipong Youths Council from neighbouring Kakum village suspected that Unimke was killed diabolically.

It was reported that they hurriedly forced a family meeting of the elders to tell who was responsible.

According to the sources, at the family meeting was ongoing when the youth leaders allegedly shot the family head, Mr. Adie Ungwugwaye dead and fled.

Another source close to the deceased confirmed that both bodies have been deposited at a morgue in the community.

The source said, “Police have already visited the crime scene but no culprit has been arrested.”

The state PPRO, Irene Ugbo confirmed the incident, describing them as cultists.

She added that the state commissioner of police, Gyogon Grimah has directed that a tactical team comb the communities and fish out the perpetrators in no time.

“We have not made any arrests yet. But I can confirm that the state commissioner of police has directed that perpetrators who have been confirmed to be cultists, be smoked out.”

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