Political leaders and elders from Ukanafun, Akwa Ibom State have decided to bury their differences and come together to fight suspected cultists and gunmen who have been terrorizing some villages in the local government.
TNN learnt that the leaders, including those appointed and elected, resolved to work together, and in partnership with security agencies in the state, to check the activities of the suspected cultists.
This is coming just as the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana has said that a special tactical operation squad has been mobilized to comb all the nooks and crannies of Ukanafun for arrest of the hoodlums, especially those who killed a relation of the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs.
Elkana said though suspects have not been arrested at the moment, police operation was on-going in the area to fish out perpetrators of the dastard act.
Asked whether the leaders in the local government were cooperating with the security agency, he said all the leaders in Ukanafun had come to a common front to fight the hoodlums.
In a related development, the police have accused politicians in Etim Ekpo for being part of the problems in the area. In another telephone interview, the PPRO said the purported attack on the member representing the area in the federal House of Representatives, Emmanuel Ekon was a political orchestra played to undermine another politician for cheap popularity.
He warned politicians to separate politics from security issues to help police tackle genuine security matters in Etim Ekpo, not political gimmicks to rubbish other politicians. The PPRO further confirmed that there was no official report to the police on the alleged attack on Ekon at Etim Ekpo and warned that while such attacks involving a personality of that caliber was not reported to the police.