By Tom Moses
URUAN—Five persons from Anakpa community, Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, reportedly lost their lives when their community was allegedly invaded by youths from neighbouring Nna Enin village in a tussle over oil well ownership.
Sources revealed that the cause of the invasion of Anakpa was not unconnected with the claim that the oil well at Anakpa ought to belong to Nna Enin.
The representative of the Paramount Ruler of Uruan Local Government Area, Edidem Eyenowo Nicholas Ukpong, in an interview in his palace at Nung Oku Uruan, said on hearing rumours of war, he called the two village heads of Anakpa and Nna Enin and advised them against violence.
He said: “The village head of Nna Enin was the first to report to me that he was going to claim the oil wells located in Anakpa for his village. I warned him against it, but he did not listen.
“I also advised the people of Anakpa to ignore whatever provocation the chief of Nna Enin would come up with. The next thing, I got a phone call around midnight that the people of Nna Enin have shot two people in Anakpa.
“I sent signal to the police that night to help save the lives of those that were shot.”
He added that he alerted the Transition Committee Chairman of Uruan, the Police, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Governor about it and even led members of the Uruan traditional rulers council to report the crises to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Onofiok Luke, who promised them prompt government’s action.
Ukpong, who is the clan head of Central Uruan, appealed to the government to launch an investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the crises.
The monarch, while condemning the destruction of hospitals, schools, churches and other valuables during the crisis, sued for calm between the warring communities and promised that the traditional rulers will support government to find lasting solution to impasse.