Cross River Government has ordered the dethronement and de-certification of the two monarchs and other traditional leaders in Nko and Oyadama communities of Yakurr and Obubra local government areas respectively.
The two communities have been involved in seasonal communal conflicts for many years.
A renewed clash last week between the two communities left two feared and many reportedly injured.
In a statement by his Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Linus Obogo, Governor Ben Ayade ordered the dethronement and de-certification of the two monarchs and all other traditional rulers in the two warring communities are as a result of the intractable communal clashes.
It reads: ‘’The monarchs, Obol Lopon of Nko, Obol Etim Ayomobi, in Yakurr and the Clan Head of Oyadama, Ovarr Vincent Erena, in Obubra Local Government Areas are dethroned with immediate effect.’’
The statement added ownership of the disputed land has been revoked and taken over by the state government for overriding public interest.
Additionally, government ordered the sustenance of army operation in Nko community until those behind the shooting of the six military personnel are produced or fished out.