The police in Akwa Ibom State are still engaging a dreaded militant leader in the state popularly called Overcomer in negotiations, with the aim of getting him to surrender and accept the amnesty offered by the state government.
Overcomer, who is also well known as Englishman, is believed to be keeping a minimum of six AK47 guns in his camp at Ikpe Annang. Police Commissioner, Mr Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi confirmed to TNN over the telephone that the police were well aware that Overcomer was still keeping the guns.
He said “the negotiators are asking for more time. Negotiators are at work, let me just say that.” He also said the terms and conditions of the amnesty deal would be unravelled by the governor, Udom Emmanuel this week.
"Well, the terms of the amnesty would be known when they meet the governor. The governor would take care of them, by Tuesday it will be clearer. The government is working on it, that is not my problem. I believe by Tuesday it would be known but that is not my area."
The police boss said peace had since returned to Ukanafun and that even though Overcomer was yet to surrender, he had made a commitment not to disturb the peace of the area.
The commissioner said he was well aware that the militant leader was still keeping some ammunitions with him. "We made it clear to them that they are the ones killing people. Each of those things there (the guns already returned) can kill five people at a time. We are very much aware that the Ak 47 are still with Overcomer. We know what we are fighting. We have let them know that a minimum of six Ak 47 are with Overcomer."
Meanwhile, TNN learnt that truly, peace has returned so most parts of Ukanafun. It was even gathered that some of the boys are going about the villagers begging those who ran away to take refuge in churches to return to their homes.