The Amazaba community in the eastern Obolo municipal area of Akwa Ibom state has rejected the attack by its neighbor Ikot Akpan Udo in the Ikot Abasi local government area, adding that such action would undermine the state government’s ongoing efforts to arrest the 14-year-old. could impede to be resolved. crisis.
In 2008, a community crisis had erupted between the two neighbors, leading to the wanton destruction of lives and property and the expulsion of thousands of residents from the communities.
Governor Udom Emmanuel, in his efforts to resettle the two communities before the end of his reign, had formed a White Paper Implementation Committee headed by the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh.
But in a statement on Wednesday, the community claimed that its representatives and security agents were attacked by armed youths from the village of Ikot Akpan Udo during the White Paper Implementation Committee visit on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
According to the statement by the chairman of the Amazaba Council of Chiefs, Chief Gugonte Nglass and the chairman of the Amazaba Community Development Council, Elder Aaron Bibama, such action, if retaliated, could frustrate the state government’s peace efforts.
“The State Government White Paper Implementation Committee has issued a letter of invitation to meet both communities separately at their town hall on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. The statement said the government delegation was in Ikot Akpan Udo village at 11 am for the interactive meeting.
“The people of Amazaba were led by Eastern Obolo’s executive chairman Abraham Odion, the Paramount ruler, Ubong Etetor, and some men from the Nigerian police.
“On their way to the Ayama village in the Amazaba community, the location of the meeting, they met armed youths of Ikot Akpan Udo in hundreds who came to cause chaos.
“The security personnel intervened and asked the local government chairman and others in the entourage to reverse their vehicles and return to Okoroette, the headquarters of Eastern Oblolo, where the state government delegation came to meet the Amazaba people. for the sake of peace.
“The essence of the meeting planned by the White Paper Implementation Committee was to assess the needs of public infrastructures affected by the 2008 unrest.
“The Amazaba people were not happy with the development and view the actions of Ikot Akpan Udo as a threat to peace. No one has a monopoly on violence and we promise that any further threat, attack and intimidation will be resisted with full force,” the statement said.