Two men have been killed in Nsit Atai Local Council Area of Akwa Ibom state in a skirmish between the police and youths from Ibedu clan during a consultation by a House of Assembly aspirant, Mr. Nseabasi Udoeyo, ahead of the 2019 polls.
Mr David Udo Okon from Ikot Asen village and Victor Etim Etim from Ikot Nkpene village were allegedly killed at the weekend by police bullet when council secretary and House of Assembly aspirant went to consult the village heads in Ibedu group of villages over his ambition.
According to eyewitnesses, ”the consultation, which was to be held at Asan Ibedu, met resistance by some violent youths who insisted that only party candidates and not aspirants are usually received at the traditional venue.
“At that point, there was exchange of verbal blows between the council secretary (aspirant), the anti-cultism police and the youths who were at the venue for routine cleaning exercise.
”The verbal blows turned into a full fight between the anti-cultism police and the youths, with two of them (youths) trying to snatch a rifle from the policemen which led to the police shooting two persons dead on the spot.”
It was also gathered that three cars, a Nissan SUV, Honda End of Discussion, and a Camry car among other valuables were destroyed in the melee.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, Mr MacDonald Ogbeche, who confirmed the incident, said the matter is under investigation, and that the police authorities would soon make a statement on it.