Farmers Flee As Police Clear Civil War Explosives In Akwa Ibom Communities

Farmers Flee As Police Clear Civil War Explosives In Akwa Ibom Communities


Farmers have abandoned their farms and settlements in Utu Etim Ekpo in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state folowing shocking dicovery of some devices suspected to be explosives.

It was garthered the unexploded devices in some farmlands near the Etim Ekpo link bridge, close to the Local Government headquarters has forced some of the local residents to flee their homes.

“We can’t engage in farming activities again because we discovered bombs planted near the bridge and our fear is that the militiamen of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) planted the bombs in order to destroy the bridge”, Effiok Umana, a local farmer told our Correspondent.

“When we alerted the Police from the Etim Ekpo Area Command, they came and defused the bombs and no information to really know what happened and who kept the bombs there”, another farmer, Essien Akpan Inyang said.

“At least, the Police should have doused the tension by telling us what they know about the devices so we can return to our farmlands to cultivate our crops this farming season”, Mfonobong Sampson, a local fish farmer on the Etim Ekpo river said.

Confirming the incident to Newsmen on Tuesday at the Police Command headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia, near Uyo, the state capital, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Odiko Macdon, dismissed the fears, saying the devices were some Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) abandoned in people’s farms after the civil war.

“The devices were Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) discovered in the farms”, he said, explaining that the devices were abandoned in the farms during the civil war and not planted by IPOB”.

He, therefore, urged the fearful farmers to return to their farms as “the Police have discovered and cleared the leftover devices”.

On the security situation in the state, Macdon, a Police Superintendent, said “Akwa Ibom is still one of the safest when compared to others” and urged law abiding residents to go about their normal businesses as the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Amiengheme Andrew, has been able to beef-up security with increased personnel imbued with high intelligence capacity to contain security challenges in the state.

Besides, the state Police spokesman said in view of the recent spate of attacks on Police formations, Divisions and Area Commands in parts of the country as well as personnel of the force, the CP has stepped-up security around the Police headquarters in the state.   

Several arrests, he said, have been made following the attack by hoodlums on Police station and check point in Essien Udim Local Government Area in which no fewer than three Policemen including a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and two Inspectors were killed and four others declared missing.

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