Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo
For the people of Ekpenyong Atai 11, comprising six villages including Adiasim community in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, peace may elude them for long except urgent intervention came to restore hope of harmonious relationship that has been battered by communal conflicts since the beginning of this month.
It was learnt what started as a mere disagreement degenerated into a full blown war as the youths of Ekpenyong Atai 11, were alleged to have launched an offensive on their neighbours of Adiasim Ikot Akaan, resulting in several sympathizers sustaining injuries at a funeral ceremony.
Besides, our Correspondent gathered that the irate youths of Ekpenyong Atai 11, popularly called the 12 Disciples led by their leader, one Anamowo Udo Obuji, stormed the compound of the deceased and disrupted the ceremony.
The hoodlums, it was learnt, destroyed the coffin. Canopies and other valuables and demanded for the corpse for destruction, an action the leaders, elders and stakeholders of the area described as the worst sacrilege.
In a petition letter to Governor Godswill Akpabio and copied to security agencies, the stakeholders who rose from an emergency meeting on the matter, under the aegis of Ekpenyong Atai Development Collective (EDC) at Gagara Hall, Ikot Ekpene, condemned the incident and called on the culprits to be brought to book.
The communiqué signed by the EDC Coordinator, Mr. Anietie Etteyit and Secretary, Mr. Gregory Obot and four others, appealed to Akpabio to institute a judicial Commission of Inquiry “to look into the remote and immediate causes of these crises, particularly the roles played by the major characters at Adiasim Ikot Akaan, including the so called 12 Disciples”.