Traditional Rulers in Odukpani local government area of Cross River state have resolved to stop communal and boundary clashes among them.
Some of the traditional rulers whose communities have been engaging in bloody clashes took traditional oaths to end the crisis.
This followed the meeting of all traditional rulers in the area convened by the Paramount Ruler of the Local government, Etinyin Otu Asuquo Otu Mesembe the sixth to address the various issues in the area.
Addressing the traditional rulers, Etinyin Asuquo Otu Mesembe regretted that there had been destruction of lives and property in the area in recent times and wondered why brothers should take up arms against themselves in the name of boundary disputes.
The paramount ruler stated that the area had been noted for peace for decades and warned that any traditional ruler who could not control youths in his domain would be sanctioned.
The Royal father observed that due to the crisis in some communities in the area, many people had been rendered homeless.
Etinyin Mesembe said if the situation was not brought under control, it would affect the forthcoming general election in the area.
He warned against using youths to foment trouble before, during and after the election.
The Royal father said the state governor had decided to withdraw certificate of recognition from any traditional ruler who allows his domain to be used as war group.
The state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Asuquo Ekpenyong who represented governor Ben Ayade on the occasion commended the traditional rulers for coming together to find solution to problems in the area.
The commissioner explained that the state government was concerned about the bloody communal clashes which had claimed the lives of innocent people in the area.
Different traditional rulers who spoke stressed the need for peaceful coexistence and supported the decision for all traditional rulers in warring communities to take traditional oaths to stop clashes among them.