Leaders in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State have cried out over the killing of four persons, including Ayuk Ogar, the ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bendegehe Ekeim.
They claimed that Ogar was killed by thugs suspected to be loyal to a faction of the All Progressive Congress, APC-led Senator John Owan-Enoh.
Details of the killing of the four persons, which took place on February 16, 2019 was contained in a petition to the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.
The petition was signed by Etung leaders among whom were Agbor Mgbe, Osonwo-Ayi Ojong, Oru Agbor, Oru Amba Bity, Ayuk Emmon, Moses Ekure Eji, Manyo Ntue Etta, Ogar Obaji and Obi Ntue Etta.
In the petition, they called on the police boss, the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS) to save the souls of the people by freeing them from what it termed, “Sponsored insecurity across Etung Local Government.”
While accusing the APC and its leaders of turning their villages into killing fields, they appealed to the IGP to urgently arrest what they termed ugly situation.
The petition reads: “At the peace meeting called by well-meaning leaders and elite of Bendeghe-Ekiem, on Saturday, February 16, 2019, Mr. Ayuk Ogar, the ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was brutally murdered in cold blood by a gang led by one Agbor Mgbe in broad day light and right in front of the peace communitee panel.
“Specifically, on the 4th of November 2018, four persons were gruesomely murdered, and several others maimed.”
Continuing, the petitioners alleged that that in the recent killings on the 16th of February 2019 were carried out by political thugs suspected to be loyal to Senator Owan-Eno faction of the APC.
“These events, particularly those of the 4th and 25th November, 2018, including the list of perpetrators and sponsors are all within the knowledge of the Divisional Police officers, Etung Area Command, Ikom and the Cross River State Police headquarters and the office of the IGP through the office of the Commander, Intelligence Response Team (IG-IRT), based on a petition written by the chiefs and community council chairman.”
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