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Akwa Ibom: Suspicious “Insecurity” Hits Oil Rich Ibeno LGA

Residents of Ibeno Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom state are grappling with a surge in insecurity following a recent attack by members of the Coalition of Coastal Aboriginal Communities of Akwa Ibom. The invasion, which occurred on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, resulted in the loss of lives, extensive property damage, and widespread fear among the populace.

Despite the intervention of law enforcement agencies to halt the violence, the assailants managed to inflict significant harm, leaving several casualties and a trail of destruction in their wake.

Amidst allegations of sponsorship behind the attack, residents like Mr. Ekpo Emmanuel have called upon governmental authorities for assistance, urging Governor Pastor Umo Eno to address the situation promptly. Concerns have also been raised regarding the perceived inadequacy of security measures, with some questioning the effectiveness of police presence in thwarting further attacks. Additionally, there are claims of underlying tensions stemming from heritage disputes, as highlighted by a leaked circular and echoed in official statements from the state government.

In response to the escalating crisis, government officials, including Transition Committee Chairman Hon. Emma Ibok and Commissioner for Information Comrade Ini Ememobong, have emphasized the need for peace and restraint to prevent further harm to lives and property. Acknowledging the complex historical context of the conflict, the government has reiterated the importance of awaiting judicial resolutions while urging stakeholders to pursue peaceful avenues for dispute resolution.

Despite these efforts, the situation remains tense, highlighting the pressing need for swift and decisive action to restore calm and ensure the safety of all residents in the affected areas.

IMAGE: ResearchGate

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