…He was accompanied by police, army, thugs, scores injured – Eye witness
…Youths resist, arrest two suspects, vehicle seized
By Nsisong Ekanem, Uyo
The threat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to make the 2019 elections bloody and violent witnessed a dress rehearsal on Saturday with a former chairman and member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State constituency, Engr Akanimo Edet, accompanied by member representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika federal constituency, Hon Emmanuel Ekon, launching an early morning attack on innocent residents of Ikpe Annang in Etim Ekpo Ward 9.
The rogue APC chieftains were accompanied by heavily armed policemen, soldiers and thugs who shot sporadically and wounded scores. Many residents were fatally wounded from gunshots.
Eye witnesses told our reporter that Akanimo Edet was accompanied by some wanted criminals and cultists who allegedly killed one Mr Sylvester, an indigene of the area two years ago.
Luck however ran out of them as Engr Akanimo Edet and his gang were resisted by youths of the area who apprehended two suspects involved in the shoot out and a vehicle belonging to Akanimo Edet seized by the youths. “The last time Akanimo Edet came to the village was in 2015 and his return has only brought blood, death and anarchy which he and his party represent. He and Emman Ekon escaped”, said an eyewitness.
This will be the first time the community will be experiencing bloody and violent confrontation since youths of the area accepted the state government’s amnesty and rehabilitation program put together by the Governor in conjunction with security agencies in the state.
Unconfirmed reports say Akanimo Edet on arriving Uyo from Etim Ekpo has gone into hiding after evacuating his wife and children from his private residence in Uyo but the Police have begun a manhunt for him and his accomplices. The Police authority was yet to make a statement as at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile the pictures of those wounded are shown below.