While some villages in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State are now heaving a sigh of relief, having hired juju priests to assist in checking the activities of militants, the situation is getting worse in other villages.
At Ikot Akpa Idem for example, after the killing of the dreaded gang leader popularly called Stainless, the village is said to have experienced relative peace.
It was learnt that the villagers resorted to hire juju priests from Ikot Umo Essien who have been helping to identify the militants. Those already identified have been handed over to security operatives, according to the villagers.
But it was not clear if the suspects were executed or were being detained. But it was gathered that after what one villager called a clean sweep of the militants, the people who fled the village have started returning to their houses and are now at peace.
But the same cannot be said of Ikot Unah and Ikot Udo Obobo, where the militants are still calling the shots. On Saturday, two men were killed by the militants and their bodies brought to and dumped at the police station.
They are said to be having a field day in Ikot Udo Obobo, still looting and pasting demand notices on people's houses. On Friday, they pasted a demand notice on the MTN mast on Okoyo Road, near Anwa Uyo Junction.
TNN learnt that the militants asked to be paid N2million if the mast must continue to function. Also, the pasted another notice on the door of the security guard of the mast, whose name was given as Esitime, asking for half a million or his house will be burnt.
On Friday, the militants had stormed Ikot Udo Obobo village where they chased away shop owners, before gaining access to the shops and started looting.
The following day, they started pasting the demand notices and also took time to gyrate there, shooting sporadically before leaving.
A chief in the village who spoke to TNN over the telephone said they had been informed that security operatives were going to be deployed in Anwa Uyo Junction since Thursday, but that none had been sighted.
The royal father who would not want to be named pleaded with the police and soldiers to hasten and protect the remnants in the village. Up to half of the villagers have since fled to neighbouring local governments.
Churches in the village, where people now take refuge, are getting filled up every night, according to the villagers. The churches appear to be the only safe place to sleep at the moment.
Police spokesman, Macdon Odiko did not take his calls when TNN made efforts to confirm the reports.