One dead as hoodlums attack passenger bus in Akwa Ibom

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Akwa Ibom Governor Godwin ObasekiAkwa Ibom Governor Godwin Obaseki

One person has been confirmed dead while three others were injured in an attack on a passenger bus by suspected militants in Akwa Ibom State.

The Nation gathered that the incident occurred yesterday at Ikot Mkporikpo portion of the Abak-Iwukem Road in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.

Some communities in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun have been under siege for over a year.

Scores of people have report6edly died and property estimated at millions of naira destroyed.

Police spokesman Odiko Macdon Ogbeche, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the police were making efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Etim Ekpo, Chairman Dore, said: “The militants shot sporadically at the bus when the driver refused to stop after it was flagged down by the hoodlums.”

Another bus, which ran into the scene, reportedly veered off the road, crashed into a building and caught fire.

Dore said occupants of the bus, said to belong to the Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC), bled profusely “because the driver refused to stop and drop the affected passengers at a nearby health centre for treatment”.

He added: “One of the injured died on the way because the driver was afraid and refused to stop after the shooting. He insisted on reaching safety in Aba before discharging the injured for treatment. But along the road, one died before reaching the hospital in Aba.”

 


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