Nigeria

Suspected herder ‘kill’ man, injure brother in Akwa Ibom

The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on yesterday morning attacked Ikot Atasung community in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, leaving one Silvanus Usen dead.

Newsmen gathered that his brother, Andrew, who was severely injured in the early morning attack had been taken to an undisclosed hospital where medical personel battle to save his life.

A source who pleaded anonymity told newsmen on Monday that the timely intervention of some elders in the village prevented a possible face-off that would have erupted between the youth and the Hausa community.

The source added that the situation in the community was still very volatile and tense.

One source said, “Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of yesterday 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 face-off between the angry youths and the Hausa Community in Ikot Ekpene was prevented yesterday through the intervention of some political actors and the police. However, there is an air of uncertainty in Ikot Ekpene now.”

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

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

He said, “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 distant time we will have an update on the incident because those who have committed the act must be brought to book.”

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