20 feared killed in Akwa Ibom and Cross River communal clash, four in Edo State


Twenty persons were feared killed in a fresh
clash between Oku Iboku community in Itu
Local Government Council Area of Akwa Ibom
State and Ikot Offiong in Odukpani Local
Government Council of Cross River State.

The Guardian learnt that the clash started on
Friday night with both sides using
sophisticated weapons, responsible for the
high number of casualties.

When the two communities clashed in
December 2016, the member representing Itu
Constituency, Idongesit Ituen told the House of
Assembly that four persons lost their lives.
The lawmaker, who said the attack, came
unexpected, lamented that in 2005 the squabble
was settled amicably and peace agreement
signed.

Ituen maintained that the recent attack should
be termed criminal because it occurred when
the people of Oku Iboku and adjoining villages
were harvesting their crops.
According to him, after chasing away the
people away, they stole outboard engines
anchored at the riverside and their farm
produce.

The Akwa Ibom Police Public Relations Officer
(PPRO), ASP Cordelia Nwawe confirmed the
incident but was not ready to confirm the
casualty figure.
The PPRO of Cross River State, Irene Ugbo said:
“Yes we are aware, but there is no casualty.
Our men are there. They have been there since
this morning (yesterday). The area is now
calm.”


In Edo State, four persons have been killed in
cult-related incidents at the weekend.
A retired staff member of an oil company was
trailed by gunmen on Wire Road to Siluko,
Benin City and shot in the presence of his
family. His son was hit in the process.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses
Nkombe, confirmed the incident but dismissed
speculations that the killing was cult-related.
He maintained that it could be an
assassination.

He said that the son of the deceased, who was
hit, was responding to treatment while the wife
was unhurt.
The police have also confirmed the death of
three persons, killed in two separate incidents.
In first incident, stray bullet killed a woman
when suspected cultists attacked a police
station at Ibillo, in Akoko-Edo Local
Government Council.

They were said to have successfully freed two
of their colleagues who were detained over
alleged rape.
The attackers were said to have gained access
to the police station by posing as relatives of
the arrested suspects and then started shooting
sporadically.

Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu
confirmed the incident, adding that some
suspects have been arrested in connection with
the incident.

He also disclosed that more men have been
deployed to the affected police station to
ensure such incident does not occur again. 



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