At least five persons from Uko Akpan community in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom are reportedly killed in a renewed land dispute between them and their Uko Ntenghe neighbours.
Seven persons were also said to have been injured even as the clan head of the area Chief Bassey Atabia is reported missing.
It was gathered that armed youths from Uko Ntenghe reportedly invaded Uko Akpan farmland and raped a woman who they also took hostage.
Another set of armed youths were also said to have sneaked into Uko Akpan in Enwang, the headquarters of the local government and killed five persons.
Eye witnesses told newsmen Wednesday that the armed youths shot sporadically sending residents running for their lives even as they also burnt down houses and several cars belonging to the indegines of the village, which is now deserted.
The whereabouts of the clan head, is not yet known, while one of his sons is said to have been among those injured by the bandits.
A youth leader, Michael Etim, who narrated the incident, appealed to the state government and security agencies to come to their aid and restore calm in the area.
“ This is a matter of life and death. Those in the village are not safe.” Etim lamented.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon, a Superintendent of Police said, “we are on it. Our men are on the ground there.”