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Akwa Ibom chief shot as cultists invade community Chief Eseme Jeremiah was shot by the cultists on Wednesday, August 30

- A cult group has invaded Midim Atan community in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state

- The group has killed a former staff of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)

- Also, a chief, Eseme Jeremiah was shot by the cultists on Wednesday, August 30

An Akwa Ibom chief has been shot by some Akwa Marine cultists who invaded Midim Atan community in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state.

We gathered that Eseme Jeremiah was shot in his compound while having dinner at about 7 pm on Wednesday, August 30.

A source from the community told us that the assassins who had been terrorizing the community disappeared after shooting Eseme.

The source said the cultists thought the chief was already dead.

"The victim managed to reach out for help and the police was contacted to evacuate him safely for medical attention.

Surprisingly one Inspector Eshiet compelled his colleagues to divert the victim to unknown destination other than the hospital as directed by the DPO.

The source said the victim's whereabouts and condition is unknown leaving other villagers and family members in the dark," the source said.

Residents of Midim Atan have also condemned the nonchalant attitude of the police in the growing harassment of community members by the Akwa Marin cultists.

The source also said that a member of the community Monday Udo Ekanem was also killed by the same cult gang in his compound two weeks ago.

Ekanem, a retired Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) staff was said to have been shot dead at about 9 pm.

The late chief, we gathered had raised fears due to threats from members of the cult before his death.

The threats, the source said also converged the monitoring team of the inspector general of police on the matter through the village council.

"This threat was communicated to security agents via petitions calls and text messages without any intervention whatsoever. even after the murder of the yet to be buried victim nothing has been done to investigate the crime by the IG monitoring team who is handling the inconclusive investigation.

It is important to date that the community petitioned the IG over the connivance and negligence by his team to conclude investigation of this age long atrocities by the gang.

Although the the IG directed the team to conclude investigation as petitioned the team however ignored and sent the suspect back to Akwa Ibom for a weak prosecution.

The suspect has since been having regular meetings with his men even in custody which has resulted in renewed killings by the gang in recent weeks. This situation had been reported severally to the team without any feedback whatsoever," the source added.

The source said members of the community have vacated the area for fear of continued attack from the cultists.

We earlier reported that a 63-year old woman narrated how the Akwa Marine cultists killed her 16 year-old son, Friday John.

Nse John said Friday was killed by the cult group led by one Emmanuel Ben on June 28, 2016.

She said the gang abducted her son, took him to a location in within the community, killed him before cutting his body into pieces.

 

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