Gunmen abduct 3 church worshippers in Akwa Ibom, destroy properties

Posted by News Express | 11 August 2018 | 4,852 times

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In the spirit of brewing insecurity, violence and crime in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, unidentified gunmen on Friday abducted three persons in a church.

Residents and natives of Ikot Inyang Abia village in the area now sleep in churches as homes are no longer safe in the area.

But faith failed these displaced natives as the armed bandits invaded the place of Worship to advance their evil deeds.

The New Full Gospel Church, Ikot Inyang Abia, opposite the former Education Office has for some months now been considered a suitable place of safety for members of the community, but lost its sanctity to the invading hoodlums

Our correspondent reports that the constantly attacked community plays host to a Security Village between Ikot Inyang Abia and Ikot Akpa Nkuk, Headquarters of Ukanafun.

A native, who declined being identified, said the bandits have raided Ikot Inyang Abia three times within 24 hours, and kidnapped seven persons.

Before the church invasion, the hoodlum on Thursday invaded the home of one Mr Aniekan Odung, damaged part of the house and burnt down his vehicle, the hoodlums also made away with his six years old nephew.

They thereafter returned to the same village and made away with three persons from the compound of the village head of Ikot Inyang Abia, Chief Sunday Jimmy Okpon Iwuo, located along the Ekpat Akwa-Azumini-Aba Road.

Independent reports that the tensed security situation in Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas has led thousands in over 16 villages to flee their homes, leading many to settle in camps, churches school premises in neighbouring LGAs

Just last week, the Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel visited the area to donate food and other relief items to the internally displaced persons.

Emmanuel used the occasion to appeal to stakeholders in the communities to trace the root of the crisis and work towards putting an end to it, to enable the people be restored to their homes and for development to locate the area.

Emmanuel who on that occasion dispelled claims by some of the stakeholders of the community that the insecurity in the area was not politically sponsored, challenged such ones to prove how the youths could afford such sophisticated weapons on their own.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Odiko Macdon, said he was yet to be aware of the church invasion.

Sourced from a Daily Independent report

Source: News Express

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