Some irate youths suspected to be members of Debam and Iceland confraternities on Monday evening burnt down a police put up at Inen junction, Oruk Anam native authorities space of Akwa Ibom State.
Previously eight months, the 2 cult teams have had a collection of bloody clashes and have continued to terrorize the neighborhood.
It was gathered that policemen posted to a substation in Inen Ekeffe had fled their responsibility put up following cult-related violence within the space, leaving the hoodlums to have interaction in day by day reprisal assaults.
Reviews mentioned the cultists all the time overpowered the police killing and maiming members of rival gangs and different harmless folks in the neighborhood.
An eyewitness Mfonobong Okorie who narrated the incident mentioned, “the cultists numbering over 30 barricaded the neighborhood highway between Religion Tabernacle Church, Inen Ikot Etim and the gate of Al Madal development firm the place they snatched two bikes belonging to 1 Udeme Atanong and Ndifreke Otu respectively.
“Residents who needed to go to their homes to acquire meals objects and rush again to their settlement camps in neighbouring villages have been trapped within the bush whereas the hoodlums molested and maimed anyone passing on the highway ”
“After some hours the cultists regrouped and moved in direction of Inen Junction the place they burnt down the police outpost at about 7pm chanting conflict songs ”
He added that the burnt police put up was the second inside three days after a former councillor’s home was destroyed by the cultists.
Additionally talking, one of many neighborhood leaders Mr. Anyanime Umoren condemned the killings and wanton destruction of lives and properties saying such mayhem was unprecedented within the historical past of the neighborhood.
Umoren, a Public Relations Officer of Inen Stakeholders Discussion board mentioned the neighborhood leaders have written a number of letters to governor Udom Emmanuel to behave instantly to revive peace to the as soon as quiet neighborhood however received no response in any kind.
“I don’t know what has come over our youths. Proper now many individuals have abandoned this neighborhood besides aged individuals who’ve nowhere to run to. Please let governor Udom Emmanuel rescue us. We now have written a number of letters to the governor however no response. Killings proceed right here. No police to problem these hoodlums” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, SP Odiko Macdon when contacted mentioned it was an abnormal fireplace that gutted an deserted constructing and shouldn’t be attributed to cult exercise.
“The constructing is a dilapidated one which was beforehand owned by police as an outstation workplace for our personnel however later shut down due to insufficient manpower within the drive.
“How are you aware that the hearth was ignited by cultists? Every part there is probably not cultism.” The PPRO queried.