Itu Local Govt Chairman, Etetim Onuk Speaks On Communal Clash Between Cross River, Akwa Ibom Community
Following a renewed communal clash between a Cross River, Akwa Ibom States community which claimed some lives, the Executive Chairman of Itu Local Government Council, Hon. Barr. Etetim Onuk has reacted on the said matter.
Below is what he said.
We are deeply saddened by the news of an unfortunate overnight attack along the Oku Iboku/Odukpani axis of the Calabar-Itu Highway by gunmen suspected to come from Ikot Offiong. Reportedly, lives have been lost – including that of an on-duty policeman, while some other persons sustained various degrees of injuries.
As a result, the social media space has been awash with alarming and in some cases false and misleading stories of a sustained clash between the boundary communities of Oku Iboku, Itu Local Government Area and their counterpart in Odukpani, Cross River State. It is therefore pertinent to set the records straight in order to avoid panic and unnecessary tension.
While I condole with the families of the deceased persons, I make bold to say that the area is now safe. I therefore urge every citizen of Itu Local Government Area, as well as commuters plying Calabar-Itu Highway; to go about their normal business as the situation had been brought under control by security agents.
Hon. Barr. Etetim Onuk
Executive Chairman of Itu Local Government Council