LAWMAKER RAISES ALARM OVER WORSENING INSECURITY IN AKWA IBOM
The lawmaker, Victor Ekwere, who represents Mkpat Enin State Constituency, said what began as a communal clash in the area has degenerated into abductions and killings in Akwa Ibom State.
“Mr Speaker, we have lost count of the number of people that have been kidnapped, killed or robbed in that axis,” Mr Ekwere said during Tuesday’s plenary of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, in Uyo.
The lawmaker raised the issue as a matter of urgent public importance.
He urged the executive arm of government to liaise with security agencies to restore peace to the affected communities as residents can no longer live peacefully.
“The locals can no longer close their two eyes at night because of the alarming level of insecurity that we have there,” he said.
The two communities affected are Ikot Ebak in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area and Ediene Atai in Oruk Anam Local Government Area, the lawmaker said.
He also said the insecurity has affected residents of neighboring communities, and that innocent road users have been killed.
“We have lost count of the number of people that have been kidnapped, killed or robbed in that axis. They have even infiltrated other parts of Oruk Anam and Mkpat local government areas.
“Inhabitants of Ikot Ebak, Ediene Atai and other villages around there have no peace; road users too have not been spared, kidnapping, robbery, killings and other vices are the order of the day.”
Ikot Ebak and Ediene Atai are located about 41 kilometres from Uyo, the state capital.
The road passing through the two communities is a major gateway to Ikot Abasi where the moribund Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria is located, and Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
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