At the least three individuals have been reportedly killed in Akwa Ibom state following a bloody rival cult conflict between Icelaand(the red) and Debam(the white) groups.
Among the many lifeless is one Okon Nkanang, a retired Police officer from Nkanang compound in Ikot Udobong and Akpan Inyang, from Ntuk compound within the neighbouring Ikot Obioma village.
Although the motive behind the killing of the retired Policeman could not be ascertained at press time, it was gathered the deceased may have been a security informant or relation to a wanted member of the Debam group.
The incident occurred at Ikot Udobong, Ikot Obioma and Edem Akai group of villages in Etim Ekpo Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State.
Our correspondent gathered that a number of individuals have additionally been injured within the alternate of gunfire between the rival teams.
There are unconfirmed stories commuter bus belonging to the Akwa Ibom Transport Firm(AKTC) was additionally torched even because it couldn’t be ascertained at press time if passengers have been killed.
Simply Wednesday, the identical rival teams clashed alongside the Edem Akai axis of Iwukem-Etim Ekpo-Abak freeway throughout which an AKTC driver was killed and his bus burnt with eight passengers sustaining accidents.
As cult clashes have affected free motion of individuals touring by way of the affected communities to Aba and Port Harcourt.
Apprehensive by the overall collapse of safety structure within the components of the Native Authorities, involved stakeholders and elders of the Council had known as on governor Udom Emmanuel, to “secure the folks from the carnage”.
Etembom Inyang Inyang Umoh, a neighborhood chief within the space presently in exile in Iwukem village, lamented that “these communities will go into extinction if not salvaged from the grip of cultists, kidnappers and criminals”.
“Nobody else has the capability to do that other than authorities”, he famous, noting that “we’re approaching election 12 months, if these persons are completely annihilated, who will vote for the politicians?”, he requested.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Odiko Macdon Ogbeche, mentioned males of the Command have been working frantically to revive normalcy within the affected communities and urged the folks to at all times volunteer data on actions of hoodlums of their neighbourhoods.
“I’ve spoken with the Space Commander and he assured me that sufficient males have been on floor to battle the criminals”, he mentioned.