Good afternoon Akwa Ibom people and other sojourners. Readers247 presents to you top Akwa Ibom Newspaper Headlines for today Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
1. BLAME FG, POLICE APATHY FOR NKARI KILLINGS- COMMUNITY CRIES OUT
….AS AKSG, ABSG MEET TO SEEK PEACEFUL RESOLUTION
…WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK JUSTICE- HON. EMMANUEL EKPENYONG, INI LAWMAKER
The indigenes of Nkari community in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have blamed the Federal Government and the Police for the recent attacks and killings of Nkari indigenes by Usaka-Ukwu in Ariam community in the Ikwano Local Government Area of Abia State over a land dispute.
The community, which shares a boundary with Abia State, has suffered setbacks following unabated killings of Nkari indigenes by the Abia community over lingering the land dispute.
An indigene of Ibono Okporo village, who is also the President of Nkari Development Union, Lagos Branch, Pastor Emmanuel Bassey Effiong , told our correspondent on Monday that more than 20 Nkari indigenes and visitors, who access the area through the only link road have been killed by the Usaka people in recent weeks.
The Clan Head of Nkari , Chief Udoette Edon, said apart from May 28, 2020 massacre of its indigenes by Usaka, which had been reported to the police, Usaka on Friday killed at least six of his subjects and took their corpses away.
“The matter was reported to the police of Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, who also visited the area and confirmed the incident.
“We have been living peacefully with all our neighbouring villages except for Usaka village even though we try as much as we can to live in peace with all our neighbours.
“To confirm our friendship and good neighbourliness, coupled with inter-marriage relationship, our young men used to engage in wrestling competition with all our neighbours including the Usaka.
“The worst of it all is that Usaka people had blocked the only access road and indigenes of Nkari and visitors find it difficult to come into the village or go out,” he said.
Edon, however, called on government to provide them with road, electricity, other social amenities as well as a police station at the disputed land.