Akwa Ibom youths protest murder of monarch’s son, others

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Etim Ekpimah, Uyo

Youths from various villages on Sunday blocked the Etim Ekpo-Iwukem Road in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State for hours, causing commuters travelling to Aba, Port Harcourt and other states to be stranded.

Southern City News gathered that it was the aftermath of an attack on the palace of the late village head of Ikot Ese, Chief Ukanga Udo, in Etim Ekpo LGA by suspected militants, who killed four persons including the son of the late monarch, Ofonime Ukanga.

Six other persons, who were said to have been fatally wounded by gunshots, are receiving treatment in hospitals.

A member of one of the communities, who addressed journalists, Mr Michael Akpan, said the protest became necessary to draw government’s attention to the many unprovoked attacks and killings of innocent people in Etim Ekpo.

He said, “We have endured this untold hardship for over two years, yet no serious intervention from both the local government authorities and the state government.  We have lost able-bodied youths and professionals who would have helped in developing our society.

“Even the police are helpless in this situation because Friday last week, the hoodlums killed two of them on this road.”

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