By Henry Okonkwo
Two persons have been killed in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
It was gathered that the village head, Mendie Josiah Udoekoriko, fled due to the renewed war between Iceland and Debam cult groups.
According to reports, the cult clash occurred on Monday night when Iceland group allegedly led by one Oto from Obon Ebot, stormed the Udianga Enem community to retrieve stolen items.
The items were allegedly seized by the opposing gang in the nearby community of Obong Ntak.
A member of the Udianga Enem community youth association, who would not want his name mentioned, said, “The invaders led by the Iceland leader, came for a truce with the other group, Debam, led by one Angel Boy’ intending to recover those properties through negotiation.
“Unfortunately, a scuffle ensued, leading to the death of one person while others fled.”
He said the resurgence of gun violence has forced people to abandon their farms and flee.
He said, “We could not report the matter to the police at the area command because the village head who would have coordinated the process immediately fled his throne.”
Police spokesperson in the state, Mr Odiko Macdon, said, “Full-scale investigation will begin as soon as the Etim Ekpo Area Command gives details.”