Akwa Ibom State Police command has stated it has arrested 5 individuals allegedly concerned within the renewed disaster between Ukonteghe Uda and Enwang communities in Mbo Native Authorities Space of the state.
It added that 18 expended cartridges, one reside 7.62mm ammunition and 5 expended 7.62mm ammunition had been recovered from them.
Recall that the 2 communities have been enmeshed in a conflict over land possession the place scores had been reportedly killed whereas others injured.
The State authorities has since declared its intention to take over the disputed land for developmental tasks with a view to carry lasting peace to the communities.
However it was gathered that, the disaster resurfaced when some youths from a selected neighborhood dragged a member of the opposite neighborhood into the bush and later murdered him.
Sources near the communities had informed our correspondent that a number of homes together with that of the previous Inspector Common of Police, late chief Etim Okon Inyang and a former member of the Nationwide Meeting, late Martin Okon Effiong had been torched whereas two troopers and a policeman had been wounded within the assaults.
However the Police Public Relations Officer within the State, SP Odiko Macdon talking on the incident on Friday stated homes had been destroyed however that he was not conscious that a military officers and a policeman had been wounded within the disaster.
He stated the commissioner of police, Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered reinforcement of extra officers and had additionally personally visited the scene to have interaction the stakeholders there.
His phrases, “The reality of the matter is that we have now arrested 5 suspects in reference to the newest escalation. We have now additionally recovered 18 expended cartridges, one reside 7.62mm ammunition, and 5 expended 7.62mm ammunition.
“What actually led to this latest disaster is the unconfirmed report that youths of a selected neighborhood dragged a member of the opposite neighborhood into the bush and killed him. This led to the difficulty the place some homes had been destroyed. I’m not conscious any military officer or policeman was wounded n the disaster.
“The commissioner of police has ordered reinforcement of extra officers to dominate the scene and has personally visited the world to have interaction with crucial stakeholders. As we communicate, normalcy has returned and we hope that it will likely be sustained.
“We’re praying that every one choices must be delivered to the desk, in order that lasting peace can be achieved between the 2 warring communities.”