A’Ibom Commissioner Escapes Death as Gunmen Kill Sister, 5 Others

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A’Ibom Commissioner Escapes Death as Gunmen Kill Sister, 5 Others

Suspected hired assassins Sunday attacked the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Udoh Ekpenyong in his residence at Ikot Oku Usung in Ukanafun local government area of the state killing the younger sister.

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Sources said the gunmen numbering about four could have been on the trail of the Commissioner to his country home to assassinate him but since the Commissioner was not found at home they decided to vent their anger on the sister met during the invasion of the compound.

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The hoodlums who flee the environment after killing the sister of the Commissioner said to be a school teacher reportedly went on shooting spree in the village killing three other persons including a barber while escaping.

Identities of those killed could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report. The gunmen attacked the compound at about 6am using motor bikes.

A source said, “We learnt that after the gunmen left the commissioners House they proceeded to the residence of the former commissioner of education, Mr. Matthew Edevbie Aniekan Akpan, but met no one in the compound, so they left”.

The source disclosed that the police have started “stop and search”, in the local government area so as to unmask those behind the incident.

It was further gathered that three other persons including a police officer were killed on Friday in the same local government area by yet to be identified gunmen.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana confirmed the attacks explaining that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, with some top police officers in the state visited the area.

“Four armed gunmen on motorcycle stormed the house of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and shot the sister dead.”

“The CP is there already and we have sent our special forces there to investigate the matter in order to get to the root of cause of the attack.”

He said last Friday in Ukanafun “Just like they went to the Commissioner’s house and killed the sister and moved out, they got to the vehicle the police officer was inside and shot him and other person to death and a stray bullet also killed another person making it three”, he said.

According to the PPRO, the Police have banned the use of motorcycles in both Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas as it appears motorcycles are being used by the hoodlums to perpetuate crimes in the areas.

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