By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Two persons have been reported dead as the resurgence of cults war in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State led to the sacking of Udianga Enem Community and the village head, Chief Mendie Josiah Udoekoriko, fled his Palace for safety.
It would be recalled that a pastor was killed around his palace area few years ago, when the cults war raged, forcing Governor Udom Emmanuel to offer amnesty, and several of them left the bush and dropped their arms.
The latest incident, it was gathered, occurred Monday night, when a rival cult group, said to be of the Icelaand, led by one Oto, from Obon Ebot, stormed the Udianga Enem community to retrieve stolen items, allegedly seized by the opposing gang in the nearby community of Obong Ntak.
Efforts to speak with the Udianga Enem Village Youth President, Udeme John, could not yield result as his line was switched off.
But a member of the Udianga Enem community Youth Association, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the invaders led by the Icelaand leader, “came for a truce with the other group, Debam, led by one Samuel Jessy Okonko, popularly called ‘Angel Boy’ with a view to recovering those property through negotiation”.
“But unfortunately, scuffle ensued, leading to the death of one person while others fled”, he said, adding that the resurgence of gun violence has forced people to abandon their farms and fled.
He added that the ‘Angel Boy’ had earlier killed one person at Obong Ntak community after the looting, but when he was identified by the deceased of having led his gang to cart away people’s wares in their community; he deliberately shot and killed him.
He explained saying, “we could not report the matter to the Police at the Area Command because the Village Head who would have coordinated the process immediately fled his throne”
However, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, assured on Monday that “full scale investigation would begin as soon as the Etim Ekpo Area Command gives details”.
He, therefore, urged members of the public to be law abiding and report any act of crime in good time for the Police to nib such crisis in bud.
Besides, he warned hoodlums in the habit of taking the laws into their hands to desist or be prepared to face the fire-power of police operatives, saying “no one should cash in on the peaceful nature of the state to perpetrate evil.