Many individuals, largely fishermen have been reported killed and others declared lacking in a renewed conflict between Oku Iboku neighborhood in Itu Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State and Ikot Offiong in Odukpani Native Authorities Space of Cross River State.
DAILY POST gathered that the incident occurred on Tuesday when unknown gunmen suspected to be Ikot Offiong warlords, in a speedboat, opened fireplace on a gaggle of fishermen, killing many within the course of.
One of many native fish retailers, Effiong Eneh, who spoke to journalists, mentioned the incident occurred round 10:00 am on Tuesday when these reported useless have been on their manner for his or her regular fishing enterprise.
He lamented that the disaster between the 2 communities has defied all identified conventional and political options even earlier than the creation of Akwa Ibom State out of the previous Cross River in 1987.
His phrases, “the crisis has been there between the two neighbouring communities for more than 30 years now. It is a lingering crisis, which has been coming and going. But in the last attack, which happened on Tuesday morning, three brothers from same parents have been killed, and three bodies have been recovered so far among those that have been killed”..
Mr. Ekikere Umoh, Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo, whose workplace oversees boundary points involving states, mentioned he was but to be totally briefed on the incident.
Nonetheless, Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, SP Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the incident, mentioned no stay was misplaced.
He mentioned the Commissioner of Police CP Zaki Ahmed has ordered a full-scale investigation on the matter.
“I can verify that there was a renewed assault between two warring communities of Oku Iboku in Itu Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State, and Ikot Offiong, from Cross River State, however we’ve got but to substantiate any casualty. It’s a lingering concern coming intermittently and each states Akwa Ibom and Cross River governments have been attempting their finest to resolve it.
“The Commissioner of police has ordered preliminary investigation into the incident and extra deployments; we hope that the safety companies will deliver the stress beneath management.
“I think politicians should come up with a political solution to the problem”, he mentioned.