Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked Ikot Atasung community in Ikot Ikpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State Sunday, killing one Silvanus Usen.
It was gathered that the incident happened early Sunday morning at almost the same time gunmen attacked a police station in Ini Local Government Area and killed a Mobile Police officer.
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It was learnt that a brother to the deceased, Andrew, who was severely injured in the attack has been taken to an undisclosed hospital where he is battling to survive.
A source, who does not want his name in print, told our correspondent in Uyo on Monday that the timely intervention of some political actors in the village prevented a clash between the youths and the Hausa community.
The source said the situation in the community is still very tensed.
The source said: “Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of Monday 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 avoided through the intervention of some political actors and the police.
“However, there is an air of uncertainty in Ikot Ekpene now.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the incident, described it as “unfortunate”.
He stated that the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, has already ordered a discreet investigation into the incident, expressing hope that the perpetrators of the 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.
“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,” he stated.