A police outstation in Inen community, OrukAnam local government area of Akwa Ibom state has been razed down by fire.
The incident which is the latest in the orgy of rival clashes, killings and terrorism has been alleged to be perpetrated by the suspected cultists.
According to information gathered, no lesser than 60 persons have been killed while a large population of the community natives have vacated their homes to seek refuge in neighbouring communities.
Mfonobong Okorie, an eyewitness said;
“They also barricaded the community road between Faith Tabernacle Church , Inen Ikot Etim and the gate of Al Madal construction company where they snatched two motorcycles belonging to one Udeme Atanong and Ndifreke Otu respectively.
” Residents who wanted to visit their houses to obtain food items and rush back to their settlement camps in neighbouring villages were trapped in the bush while the hoodlums molested and maimed anybody passing on the road.”
“This police station was a rented property. It doesn’t belong to government but this night the cultists invaded the building and set it ablaze ,”
Mr. Anyanime Umoren, who happens to be one of the community leaders condemned the killings and unnecessary destruction of lives and property.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom Command, SP Odiko Mcdon, confirmed the incident. However, he argued that the building was a dilapidated structure rented as an outstation of Nigeria Police. He said;
“The building is a dilapidated one that was previously owned by police as an outstation office for our personnel but later shut down because of inadequate manpower in the Force,” he stressed.
“How do you know that the fire was ignited by cultists? Everything there may not be cultism,”