- As with same script Nigeria-wide, Fulani herdsmen now have cow and trailer settlement in Atimaka
Residents in Ikom local government area of Cross River State are urgently calling upon Governor Bassey Otu to deploy a specialized unit, “Operation Akpaku” (armed policemen), to address the escalating issue of kidnappings at Nde 3 Corners, Akparabong Junction along the Ikom Katsinala Highway.
Expressing dissatisfaction, they accuse the state government of inadequately addressing the persistent kidnapping incidents, leading to a grim situation for innocent travelers in the region.
Over the past three weeks, Nde 3 Corners Akparabong Junction has become a focal point for kidnapping activities, resulting in the tragic deaths of more than four victims, including an infant struck by a stray bullet. A resident, Mr. James Ese, has pointed fingers at herdsmen residing at Atimaka Cow and Trailer Settlement, alleging their involvement in the attacks.
The situation reached a critical point on December 31, 2023, when a gun battle between kidnappers and police at Nde 3 Corners unfolded, resulting in victims being taken hostage in the forest.
Mr. Ese further emphasized the herdsmen’s alleged role in the attacks, noting two incidents last month despite the increased presence of armed policemen at checkpoints. The urgency of the residents’ plea for the deployment of “Operation Akpaku” is underscored by the ongoing threats to safety, as victims remain held captive in the forest.
Despite these distressing developments, the state government has not yet taken decisive action to counter the sustained attacks.