No fewer than six persons including the National President of Afaha Obong Youth Association, Mr Ime Itighe, and one Augustine Malachi have been arrested and are currently being held at the state police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, over allegation of murder of a 26 year old man, one Uwem Solomon Bassey, an indigene of Ikot Odiong Afaha Obong, Abak local government area.
Investigations by Our Crime Desk revealed that Bassey, was on the fateful day returning from a night vigil in honour of his kinsman when he was ambushed and murdered in cold blood by assailants led by Augustine. His body was buried in a shallow grave behind his family compound.
It was gathered that Bassey’s murder may not have been unconnected to a land dispute in which the youth president was an interested party.
It was also gathered that after the murder, Augustine was said to have dug the grave and buried his bossom friend without the head said to have been sold at N200,000 for rituals.
On his arrest during investigation, Augustine linked the Youth President to the murder which eventually led to his arrest by crack team of detectives from the state police headquarters.
Reacting to the incident that had thrown the Afaha Obong Community into a state of confusion as many residents had fled for fear of arrested by the police, some youths of the community blamed the youth leader for the killing alleging that he mastermind the killing. A youth of the community told Our Crime Desk that Itighe had been involved in several ignominious activities with active support of some politicians from the area.
It was gathered that the youth leader recently led some miscreants to destroy facilities of Mount Zion Light House Full Gospel Church Inc, (Obot Obufa Ediomo) at Ikot Odiong, Ikot Udo Orom Diocese on flimsy allegation that the Church was disturbing the community during prayer meetings.
Other illegal activities that the youth leader is linked to include, destruction of economic trees and dredging of sand in a stream belonging to Nto Ufuot family.
Our Crime Desk learnt that some influential politicians from the area have been making frantic moves to ensure the release of the youth leader, a development that the State Police Command has condemned in entirely.
When contacted, the State Place Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwawe said she is not aware of the incident.