Community places juju in company’s gate in Calabar


A traditional injunction known as Ekpe (juju) in the Efik tradition of Cross River was on Friday discovered at the gate of a multi-billion naira flour mill in Calabar. Southern City News learnt on Friday that the juju, made of yellow palm fronts and ‘Ekpe’ leaves, scared workers away from the company. The company is located at the popular flour mill junction along the Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar.

An eyewitness Sabastine Umoh, said the juju was placed in the early hours of Friday by some unidentified angry youths to register their anger over the alleged neglect of their community by the company. Umoh alleged that the company had not given attention to the plights of the people and the landlord communities as well as not employing its youths into top positions.

He said, “When this kind of thing happens, it means the company has not given adequate attention to the needs of the landlord communities and the people. I understand that the youths are complaining of unemployment while the landlord communities also allege neglect.” A traditional leader, who craved anonymity, said he was aware of complaints of neglect by the company to its host communities.

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