Unknown gunmen have reportedly carried out an attack on Ikot Atasung community in Ikot Ekpene local government area of Akwa Ibom state generating tension in the area.
It was gathered that the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen, killed one Silvanus Usen during the attack and left his brother seriously wounded.
The youths of the area were already planning a reprisal attack on the Hausa community in the area but were prevented by some community leaders who appealed to them to allow peace reign.
Despite the appeal, however, it is understood that the tension in the area is yet to be fully diffused.
“Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday) attacked Ikot Atasung Village in Ikot Ekpene where one Silvanus Peter Usen was killed and his brother, Andrew was severely injured and is currently at the hospital battling to survive.
” A possible faceoff between the angry youths and the Hausa Community in Ikot Ekpene was avoided through the intervention of some political actors and the police. However, there is an air of uncertainty in Ikot Ekpene now,” the source quoted by The Nation said.
Confirming the incident, the Akwa Ibom Police Spokesperson, Odiko Macdon said the Command has received reports on the development, and the State Police Commissioner, Andrew Amiengheme has already ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.
“We have received that report, it is an unfortunate one. The CP has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident with the aim of apprehending the perpetrators of the act.
“And I want to believe that in no distance time we will have an update on the incident because those who have committed the act must be brought to book,” Macdon assured.
In a similar development, Naija News earlier reported that a Sunday morning attack by some gunmen in Akwa Ibom has claimed the life of a mobile police officer.
Reports revealed that the criminal group stormed a police station in the Ini Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of today and shot dead a mobile police officer in a gun duel that reportedly lasted several minutes.
A source who confirmed the incident to newsmen with a plea not to be mentioned, said one of the assailants identified as Imo Udo, was arrested while others escaped with bullet wounds.