Ikot Ibekwe village, Ukanafun Local Government of Akwa Ibom State, home town of Akaninyene Jumbo, the militant leader who was killed for his suspected role in the terror attacks in the local government, is currently under attacks.
Apart from Ikot Ibekwe, the neighbouring Ikot Unah village has also come under attacks by suspected militants. On Saturday night, the militants stormed the village and burnt down the house of a prophet, whose name was given as Pastor Ezekiel. It was not clearly why they decided to slaughter him.
Penultimate week, the militants had burnt down a house with a family of five. Ikot Unah shares same boundary with Ikot Ibekwe.
At the same Ikot Unah, security forces were said to have burnt down a house belonging to Etok Abasi Uko. His son and grandson, according to sources, were suspected to have been part of a certain cult gang that has been tormenting the local government.
Two houses, one belonging to Sunday Ukpe, near Qua Iboe Church, Ikto Ibekwe and the other belonging to Udo Mfon, were also burnt down by security agents on the suspicion that the grandson of Ukpe was a member of one of the cult groups.
Udo Mfon's compound, sources said, was used as a hideout for the cultists. It was even learnt that one of the children in that family used to cook for the cultists and would serve them there.
Shortly after the killing of Iso Akpafid by security forces, his village was said to have been very calm. But of late, that village, as well as neighbouring Okoyo, has experienced attacks.
In a related development, TNN learnt that some of the people who were declared wanted by the police for their role in militancy in the state have been arrested.
It was also learnt that one of the persons declared wanted has already submitted himself to the police, and has denied his involvement in any cult activity.
This is coming just as it was learnt that militants returned to Etim Ekpo axis last week, where they attacked and burnt a police van. While it was speculated that two police officers died in the attack, the state commissioner of police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi told TNN over the telephone on Sunday night that nobody was killed. But he confirmed the burning of the police van.
However, he said the police officer that was killed died in another incident, when they went on a rescue mission somewhere else.
The Commissioner of Police told TNN that although the militants were still terrorising parts of Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo, they were not having it easy. He assured that they would soon be defeated roundly.