Patrick Odey, Uyo
Two persons were said to have lost their lives on Saturday following a renewed violence between suspected members of the De Balm and Iceland confraternities in Inen Ikot Eteye village, Orukanam Local government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
It was gathered that the incident started when a suspected member of the De Balm was seen in the family compound of a suspected member of Iceland.
Our correspondent learnt that in the ensuing clash, a member of the De Balm Confraternity was cut in pieces, leading to members of the family to run away.
An eyewitness, Okon Idung, said the second victim, simply identified as OSAboy, who was a member of the community’s vigilante group, was hacked to death near the scene of the first incident.
He said OSAboy lived in the neighbouring village but met his untimely death as he rushed to convey his wife to the popular Urua Awak Market and the hoodlums descended on him.
According to Idung, OSAboy was not spared by the cultists in order to hide their identities, because he met them while operating.
“They caught him after the first person was killed. We heard when he was shouting for help, but the cultists did not heed his plea. They killed him on the spot just to conceal their identities and escape arrest,” Idung stated.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Frederick N-Nudam, confirmed the incident and said he had been briefed by the Divisional Police Officer in OrukAnam.
He said the state Commissioner of Police, Amiengheme Andrew, had already mobilised personnel from the anti-kidnapping unit to join forces with the anti-cultism squad to restore normalcy in the area.
N-Nudam stated, “I called the DPO of OrukAnam LGA and he confirmed that there was a cult clash in the area. But as soon as the incident occurred, the Commissioner of Police, Amiengheme Andrew, mobilised officers from the anti-cultism and anti-kidnapping units to join forces with the Operation Flush personnel stationed there and the area has been subjected to serious surveillance.
“As we speak, some suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and we hope that the police will be able to bring the situation to normalcy.”