[From INI BILLIE, Uyo ]
Armed men suspected to be herdsmen have attacked the Ikot Atasung community in Ikot Ikpene local government area of Akwa Ibom State, killing one Silvanus Usen.
The incident was said to have happened early on Sunday morning at almost the same time another group of gunmen attacked a police station in Ini local government area, killing an officer attached to the Police Mobile Force.
It was learnt that a brother to the deceased, Andrew who was severely injured in the attack has been taken to an undisclosed hospital where he is battling to survive.
A source who preferred to remain unnamed told our correspondent in Uyo on Monday that the timely intervention of some political actors in the village prevented a clash between the youths and the Hausa community.
The source said the situation in the community is still very volatile and tensed.
“Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of yesterday attacked Ikot Atasung Village in Ikot Ekpene where one Silvanus Peter Usen was killed and his brother, Andrew was severely injured and is currently at the hospital battling to survive.
“A possible faceoff between the angry youths and the Hausa Community in Ikot Ekpene was avoided yesterday through the intervention of some political actors and the police. However, there is an air of uncertainty in Ikot Ekpene now,” the source stated.
Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon who confirmed the incident, described it as ‘unfortunate’.
He stated that the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme has already ordered a discreet investigation into the incident, and expressed hope that the perpetrators of the crime would soon be brought to book.
“We have received that report, it is an unfortunate one. The CP has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident with the aim of apprehending the perpetrators of the act.
“I want to believe that in no distance time, we will have an update on the incident because those who have committed the act must be brought to book,” he stated.