On Friday, August 9, Today, Hon. Ekanem Brown and other political stakeholders from Mkpat Enin Local Government Area led state government officials from the office of the Governor, on a condolence visit to the family of Late Mr. Francis Udo Etor of Ikot Obio Nso who was shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in his farm on Thursday, August 8.
The visiting team was led by the Secretary to the state Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, who represented the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
At the three locations visited by the SSG, he condemned the act of the herdsmen and wondered why the normadics attacked the harmless farmers in their own land.
He said “Governor Udom Emmanuel is very saddened and unhappy by this unprovoked attack on our people.
“He called me by 1am in the midnight and asked me to be here this morning to console the people and calm frayed nerves. Although we are peaceful and civilized in Akwa Ibom state, the elasticity of our patience is not infinite. As it is said in science, when the limit of elasticity is exhausted there must be rupture”.
“Cattle rearing is a noble trade, so is farming. Someone must not use his trade to infringe on another man’s trade moreso in his own land. We are not in animal kingdom where survival of the fittest is the order, we are in a society governed by the rule of law. The rights of our people must be respected”, he said.
The SSG further sued for peace, calling on youths of the community not to take law into their hands. He pledged the commitment of the state Government at ensuring that the perpetrators of the act are brought to book.
“I am using this medium to call on the police, SSS and other security partners to ensure that those that perpetrated this dastardly act are apprehended and justice is served publicly. This is the only way the deceased family will have succor”.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, Hon. Ekanem Brown poured encomiums on Governor Udom Emmanuel and Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem for their swift response and personal visit to console the victims of the crisis and Mkpat Enin people.
“Dear Governor, your personal visit through the SSG speak volumes of your love for Mkpat Enin people and the fact that we took the right decision by voting you for second tenure”, he said.
“SSG sir, we have been doing our best to calm the youths. Emotions were very high yesterday, I believe this visit will calm our youths”.
“I join you to request that our security officials should not spare any effort at ensuring that justice is served. Please our youths and elders, let us remain peaceful.
“Thank you, our House member, Mr. Victor Ekwere, and our Commissioner, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson for tirelessly standing by this village since this incident occurred. As we can see, peace has returned to the area. I reassure our visitors, investors and expatriates that Mkpat Enin is peaceful and we won’t allow any group to jeopardise that peace”, he concluded.
Credit: Aniedi Ukoenang