Despite the presence of security operatives “Operation Purge” in Ukanafun local government area, the killing in the area has continued unabated with two persons shot dead and one seriously injured at different markets yesterday evening.
Our Crime Desk gathered that the victims, all indigenes of Ikot Essien village were killed separately at Urua Umoh Ukpong in Ikot Akpa Idem and Urua Ekon in Ikot Ikot Udo Mbang.
The killing it was learnt, forced the market to be shut even as traders abandoned their wares and fled to safety.
It would be recalled that unknown gunmen killed a barbecued meat (Suya) seller for resisting extortion by hoodlums at Ikot Akpa Nkuk, the headquarters of Ukanafun Local Government Area on Sunday at about 8pm. The name of the victim could not be ascertained but sources said he was from the Northern part of the Country and was selling Suyain the deserted headquarters of the Local Government Area where he met his untimely death.
On Monday morning a corpse of a young man from Ikot Inyang Abia was discovered in a shop near where the Suya Vendor was killed. The Sensor learnt that there was bullet wound on the corpse which was inside a lock-up shop. Our crime correspondent gathered that the victim may have run into the shop abandoned by the owner to escape the shooting spree that claimed the life of the Suya Vendor. When the shop owner stealthily returned to lock the door little did he know that someone hit by bullet had run into his shop, but only to discover a corpse in the shop the following Monday morning when he came to start the daily sales.
Sources that interacted with our reporter at the flashpoint of hostilities said that the victim was from Ikot Inyang Abai, a village sharing boundary with the Local Government Headquarters.
A student of Mass Communication of Uyo City Polytechnic, Imo Sampson Ekanem who was to defend his research project on Tuesday 12th September was killed by a trigger-happy Policeman last Saturday said to be attached to Ukanafun Divisional Police.
The incident occurred at a checkpoint between Nkek village and the Local Government headquarters, Ikot Akpa Nkuk. The victim was said to have gone to his village, Nkek for a weekend, and decided to go to the Local Government Headquarters to watch football match using his mother’s motorcycle. A Policeman at the checkpoint is said to have demanded for N200 which the student did not have. The student did not have even as he brought it down to N100.He explained to the Policeman that he had only N30 to pay at the Viewing Shop. Our reporter gathered that it was at this point that another Policeman cocked an AK47 gun and fired the student on the head, while bystanders scampered for safety.
Meanwhile, the mother of Late Imo is said to have gone to Ukanafun Divisional Police to report the incident which is said to have received deaf attention of the Police as a plot is alleged to be crafted by the Police authority to indict the victim, alleging that the victim was trying to snatch the assault rifle from his killer. But many dismissed the allegation in view of the fact that he was alone in the midst of about 8 heavily armed Policemen. The corpse of late Imo is said to have been deposited in a morgue by SARS on duty along the road who are said to have rushed to the scene on hearing the gun-shot.
The Sensor learned that the National Association of Ukanafun students (NAUS) have made spirited effort to convene a meeting to strategize for protest against the Police brutality. In the same vein, the youths of Nkek and other sympathizers are said to be ready to take a Pound of flesh from the Ukanafun Division Police.
The police authority in the state has confirmed the killing saying that the case is under investigation.