The village of Ikot Anta Eneng Obom in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom has been thrown into confusion after the gruesome murder of its village head, Chief Emmanuel Jim Umahaeyo, by suspected hired assassins.
Umahaeyo, who was shot twice in his compound on Tuesday evening by two unknown gunmen riding on a motor cycle, died on the spot.
The late village head who assumed leadership in December 2010 was said to be having a frosty relationship with a faction of youths in the village due to some irreconcilable differences.
Though the suspected assassins have not been apprehended, the death may not be unconnected with an altercation the village head had with some youth leaders in the area.
It was allegedly reported that the village council had appointed one Eyak Umoekpo, whose style of leadership was said not have gone down well with the people. The slain village head dissolved the youth leadership as a result of the frictions.
It is said that a member of the dissolved council last year shot a woman in the village over an argument and it was the village head who took the woman for treatment, an action the rampaging youths saw as an affront on them and this later resulted in a court action between some of the youths and the village head.
An eye witness told TNN that the two unknown gunmen who headed for Nkek Urua Akpan Udosen, a neighbouring village, shot and killed two unidentified persons at the border, thinking that they were indigenes of Ikot Anta, in an attempt to cover up their horrendous crime.
Meanwhile, the remains of the departed village head had been deposited in a mortuary home in Ukanafun while the murder had been lodged with the Divisional Police Office in Ikot Akpa Nkuk, headquarters of Ukanafun LGA.
Efforts to have the reaction of the police in Akwa Ibom State over the matter were not successful as at the time of filing this report.