Gunmen suspected to be employed assassins have killed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State, Otu Inyang.
It was gathered that chief Inyang who hailed from Ikot Udoma Village in Eket Local Government Area of the state was shot lifeless whereas returning house along with his spouse after a crossover service at Qua Iboe Church locally.
According to Punch, the deceased was ambushed by his assailants who fired a number of bullets into his head a couple of minutes to his residence.
A supply informed the publication that different worshippers going house after the service didn’t suspect that the sounds they heard have been that of gunshots as there have been a number of different sounds from knockout thrown by excited youths to herald the brand new yr.
Confirming the incident, the President of Ekid Peoples Union and former governorship candidate on the platform of defunct All Nigeria People Party, Dr Samuel Udonsek, described the deceased as a formidable politician and group chief.
“I received this news with great discomfort and sadness. I must say that this model of conflict resolution is uncommon in Ekid land. I knew Elder Otuinyang very well, back in our days in ANPP 2000 – 2003 when he helped us build a formidable opposition party. Late Prof Etuk Nssien Etuk, of blessed memory, regarded him rightly then as a formidable pillar of his strong and resilient political empire and structure,” he said.
“When we attended his thanksgiving service after his retirement, I received to know first hand how devoted he was to his native Ikot Udoma and the Qua Iboe Church, and in addition how his individuals regarded and revered him.
“On assuming the management of the Ekid People’s Union, we famous that his APC members have been a bit distant from the Union, so he was a kind of we consulted on methods to make the Union extra inclusive for all, no matter political occasion affiliations. Sadly, he died earlier than this significant job may very well be achieved.
“For me, and certainly the generality of the remnants of our previous ANPP construction; an amazing good friend and loyalist has departed, could God in his infinite mercies forgive no matter his human frailties have been and settle for his soul to everlasting relaxation in paradise. I pray God’s consolation on his pricey household and family members, whose in any other case glad new yr’s day has been blackened by this unlucky and brutal occasion.” he added.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the incident mentioned the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police within the state to conduct a discreet investigation into the incident and be sure that the culprits are delivered to guide.
“The command has obtained such report and it’s unlucky. The CP has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police within the command to conduct a discreet investigation into the incident and be sure that the culprits are delivered to guide. So, we’re on high of the state of affairs and I need to guarantee you that the culprits is not going to escape.” he said.