20 FEARED DEAD IN AKWA IBOM/CROSS RIVER CLASH
A violent clash erupted between Oku-Iboku, Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom and Ikot Offiong community, Odukpani local government area of Cross River State.
Hoodlums from Ikot Offiong reportedly attacked Oku-Iboku over the weekend and no less than twenty people have lost their lives. The attackers came with machine guns mounted on....
speed boats and killed several innocent citizens while the soldiers in the area ran into the bush for safety.
A native of Oku Iboku, Dr. Demson Ekong, told newsmen on Sunday, April 23, in Uyo that some of those killed included women and children, Daily Post reports.
Ekong said: “Ikot Offiong people and those Cross River State Government hired to exterminate us came to our area, and killed many fishermen, women and girls who were returning from farms. ”We are still recovering the corpses, but as at yesterday (Saturday), we recovered nine, excluding those killed on Friday.
“They mounted machine guns on their speed boats and shot sporadically at their targets. ”The soldiers guarding the border between Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, escaped for their lives. ”It was after some hours that they called for reinforcement and during the time of military reinforcement, the boys were still firing for over 30 minutes before they finally fled.
“Apart from those killed, they also took away seven persons alive to a fishing settlement near Ibom Le’ Meridien Hotel in Uruan Local Government Area and burnt down the entire settlement.
”Three of the boys dived into the river and escaped to a village in Uruan community, where they were shown the way back to Oku Iboku.’’