By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Three persons have been allegedly killed in Ibiono Ibom local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State by security operatives during the conduct of the rescheduled Governorship/State Assembly on Saturday.
The sad incident according to people in the area, occured in the early hours at INEC office in Okoita, headquarters of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area after a fisticuff with the police at the place.
Mr. Victor Etim, a victim hit by stray bullets but survived, while narrating the incident to newsmen, thanked God for sparing his life.
He said he was nursing the wounds from the gunshot and that his motorcycle was destroyed.
Although no official statement was issued on the incident by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in the state, SP Odiko Macdon as at time of filing this report, corpses of the slain Ibiono Ibom sons were said to have been immediately evacuated by the police.
It was confirmed that the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Olateyo Durosinmi on learning about the killing, visited the scene of the incident.
The incident however, has evoked condemnation from citizens of the state, including the Young Progressives Party (YPP) governorship candidate, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, an indigene of Ibiono Ibom, who called for investigations into the alleged killing of the three indigenes.
Akpan, who is Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, made the call in his Ididep Usuk community, while interacting with journalists, minutes after he and his wife, Nkeiru Imaobong Albert cast their votes at their polling unit in the area
Akpan commended the electoral umpires, INEC, for improvement in the conduct of the governorship election, which he adjudged to be “generally peaceful, but for the unfortunate incident of the killing of three Ibiono Ibom indigenes who were killed by the government house police team.
“I’m calling on the police to investigate the incident and follow up with justice. No election is worth the blood of any Akwa Ibom indigene. I have spoken with the Police Commissioner and he has promised to come for a follow up on the incident. Three Ibiono Ibom indigenes were killed by the police and they carried the corpses,” Akpan alleged.
“I must commend INEC for the improvement in today’s election. The materials arrived early and voting also started early.” He added.
He however, insisted that INEC should ensure that election results are transmitted real time on the IREV in order to ensure a credible, fair, and transparent electoral process.