Scores feared dead as gunmen invade Akwa Ibom community

Scores feared dead as gunmen invade Akwa Ibom community

Many people are feared dead after unknown gunmen invaded a community in Akwa Ibom State killing scores.

On Tuesday morning, gunmen reportedly attacked Ikot Adaba fishing community in Oku Iboku clan, Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom state, killing some people, wounding some while some others are still missing.

The gunmen were said to have arrived in speed boats, allegedly shot at fishermen, traders and farmers just market activities were about to begin on the Ikot Adakpan beach.

A native of Oku Iboku, who spoke on the basis of anonymity said that the gunmen were suspected to come from Ikot Offiong community in Cross River State.

“The gunmen are suspected to be from Ikot Offiong; they came in speed boats and started sporadic shootings, but they were prevented from further attacks by the soldiers on the beach, who returned fire for fire and they had to retreat.

“There is a small military post close to the beach. They had already started shooting before getting to the beach. You know in an attack like this, the corpses will start to float 24 hours after. So, the search for missing persons have started, though no corpse has been found yet,” he said.