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Tension as suspected hersdmen kill one in A’Ibom community

By Bassey Anthony, Uyo

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have reportedly attacked and killed one Silvanus Usen in Ikot Atasung community in Ikot Ekpene local government area of Akwa Ibom state.

The Nation gathered that the incident which occurred on Sunday morning left the brother of the deceased, Andrew seriously injured and currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The incident would have led to an attack on the Hausa community by youths of the village but for the timely intervention of some political elites, it was learnt.

A source disclosed that the situation in the community is still very tense.

“Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday) attacked Ikot Atasung Village in Ikot Ekpene where one Silvanus Peter Usen was killed and his brother, Andrew was severely injured and is currently at the hospital battling to survive.

” A possible faceoff between the angry youths and the Hausa Community in Ikot Ekpene was avoided through the intervention of some political actors and the police. However, there is an air of uncertainty in Ikot Ekpene now,” the source said.

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The command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon who confirmed the incident described it as “unfortunate” adding that the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme has already ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.

He expressed the hope that the perpetrators of the crime would soon be brought to book.

“We have received that report, it is an unfortunate one. The CP has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident with the aim of apprehending the perpetrators of the act.

“And I want to believe that in no distance time we will have an update on the incident because those who have committed the act must be brought to book,” Macdon assured.

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