Herdsmen Attack, Akwa Ibom Government vow to put an end

Herdsmen Attack, Akwa Ibom Government vow to put an end

The Akwa Ibom State government has broken silence on the recent attack on some communities in the state by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters to Gov. Udom Emmanuel, Captain Iniobong Ekong (rtd) in an interaction on Monday with journalists in Uyo, the state capital, said the government had taken proactive steps to prevent recurrence either from the herdsmen or the community.

It was reported that suspected Fulani herdsmen on Friday attacked and killed a farmer in Ntek community in Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state. This followed the Mkpat Enin Local Government episode where two were killed and four injured by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

But Ekong in a reaction said, “These are unfortunate incidents but I must tell you as a matter of fact that it is not anywhere near those things people are saying.

“In fact, the state government is passionate about the security of its citizens. We don’t play politics with it. Within the context of being proactive and the protection of citizens, Akwa Ibom government is deeply in relationship and working in synergy with the Hausa/Fulani settlement resident within the state.

“Government has also taken enough steps to prevent influx that cannot be controlled. The isolated case in Mkpat Enin was unfortunate and we have to a great extent understood that it was not an invasion but it
is an unfortunate thing and security agencies have addressed it adequately.

“The issue in Ukanafun about three days ago is also another case of misunderstanding and you see it is something that we are always quick to generalise when it happens.

“But we have also isolated it and we are addressing it immediately to prevent reprisal from either of both sides, because be it as it may nobody wants anybody to die in anybody’s hands no matter where you come from.”

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