Saturday, 6 January 2018


Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State is again in the news for the bad reasons.

This follows a renewed cult clash that has so far claimed not less than nine lives and more still to go.

THE INK gathered that this renewed cult clash began on the 31st of December, 2017.

Reasons for this clash could not be immediately ascertained.

But THE INK understands that it is a clash between the Debam group and vikings confraternity.

On January 1, 2018 A boy in his late twenties was served with terrible and so much matchete cuts while his attackers watched him bleed to dead along old ITU road close to a certain petrol station.

The victim was in his house obviously preparing for church when he was rounded up and consumed by his kinsmen because he does not belong to their cult group.

The reprisal attack have continued with members of both cult groups having a field day to create mayhem and holding the Local Government Area to ransom.

This crises began in a village called Uruk USO.

It could not be ascertained whether the spill over effects have accelerated to other communities in the area, but it could be recalled that clashes like this don't just stay in one location. It snowballs into the entire LGA and that is why the premier LGA has lost its innocency in the past one week

THE INK can report matters of fact that on the 3rd of January, 2018, the scoreline was brought to parity with both cult groups having killed 3 aside

As at late Saturday 6th January, 2018, it appears the Debam group had killed more people than their Vikings opponent leaving the later with fierce anger and thirst for more blood shed and revenge.

The council chairman Mr. Unyime Etim acknowledge that there is a clash in the area and maintained that the police are on top of the situation.

The council boss maintained that he is quite aware of the clash and that as the CEO and Chief Security Officer of the area. He has been getting brief on a daily basis and there is an indication that the police is getting to the root of the matter.

Mr. Etim however added that from what he has gathered, it looks obvious that politicians from the opposition party may be the ones sponsoring the clash.

He called on members of the opposition party to understand that the Local Government Election has since been won and lost and that governance has since begun.

The Police in Ikot Ekpene maintained to THE INK reporter that as soon as possible the cult clash will come to an end.

The Police said the culprits will be apprehended and brought to book at the appropriate time.

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