Communal clash: Akwa Ibom governor reads riot act, seizes forest reserve 

The Akwa Ibom state governor, Pastor Umo Eno, weekend, talked tough against perpetrators of the communal clash between Ibeno, Eket and Esit Eket local government areas on destruction of lives and properties.

The governor who was accompanied to the scene of the communal clash by service commanders of the various security agencies, stakeholders from the affected communities and other top government functionaries, stated that government would not hesitate to apprehend perpetrators plotting another phase of war in the area.

Eno added that he had credible intelligence on the activities of the perpetrators and announced immediate takeover of the Stubb Creek Forest Reserve which is the central point of the communal clash by the state government.

“I have credible intelligence on those who are sponsoring our young people to go out and cause this mayhem. 

“After this warning today, if this happens again, I can assure you that government will call you out, pick you up and you will face the penalty squarely.

“So I want to appeal to our political gladiators to stop taking sides and fanning the embers of disunity. We are leaders and we cannot be sponsoring young people to take the laws into their hands. We will not allow it,” he said.

Playing the role of a peacemaker, Governor Eno, reminded the people of their filial and communal ties. 

“The two communities are united in so many ways. There is high level of inter-marriages among you, and I do not see any reason for these repeated clashes. By the grace of God, we are determined to put an end to this problem. 

On the main cause of the conflict, Stubbs Creek Forest, Governor Eno said, “the land belongs to government.”