A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Otu Inyang, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the village of Ikot Udoma, in the Eket local government area, in Akwa Ibom state, shortly after the Crossover service announcing the new year.
It was established that the victim was dragged and shot within minutes of the start of the New Year on her way home after attending the Crossover service at Qua Iboe Church, Ikot Udoma village, Eket.
It was learned that the deceased had said the closing prayers in the church to end the Crossover service and was just yards from his residence when he was attacked and shot several times in the head.
Some unsuspecting devotees returning home after the service said they did not know the sound they were making was gunshots as many sounds of fireworks from excited young people to break the news years have rented the air.
Unconfirmed sources alleged that the deceased was embroiled in a land dispute, however, the chairman of the Ekid Peoples Union and a former gubernatorial candidate on the late All Nigeria People Party (ANPP) platform, the Dr Samuel Udonsek, described the deceased as a formidable politician. and community leader.
He said, “I received this news with great discomfort and sadness. I must say that this model of conflict resolution is rare in Ekid country.
“I knew Elder Otu Inyang very well at the time of the ANPP, 2000-2003, when he helped us build a formidable opposition party.
“The late Professor Etuk Nssien Etuk, of blessed memory, rightly considered him then a formidable pillar of his strong and resistant empire and political structure.
“When we attended his post-retirement Thanksgiving service, I learned first-hand how dedicated he was to his native Ikot Udoma and to Qua Iboe Church. And also how his people regarded and respected him.
“In assuming the leadership of the Popular Union of Ekid, we noted that its members of the APC were a little distant from the Union. Sadly, he passed away before this crucial task was completed.
“For me, and indeed most of the remnants of our old ANPP structure, a great friend and loyalist is gone.
“May God, in his infinite mercies, forgive whatever his human weaknesses and accept his soul for eternal rest in paradise,” he said.
Confirming the incident, state command police public relations officer SP Odiko Macdon called the event unfortunate and vowed to investigate and bring the culprits to justice.
Mcdon said Police Commissioner Andrew Amiengheme ordered the Deputy Police Commissioner to conduct a quiet investigation into the matter.
“Yes, it is true that the man was shot on his way home from the Crossover service at his church.
“The son reported to police the next morning that the father and mother were returning from church on December 31 and were attacked by two gunmen who shot the father in the head before he died.
“Police Commissioner Amiengheme Andrew ordered the Deputy Police Commissioner to investigate the case and bring those responsible to justice,” he said.