By Patrick Odey
Persons suspected to be cultists invaded the residence of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The hoodlums reportedly raped some female corps members before carting away their properties.
The affected corps members were posted to a community school in one of the villages in the local government area.
All the 15 corps members who were affected by the attack have reportedly abandoned their places of primary assignment.
A teacher, who pleaded not to be named, said the corps members were posted on request to the area.
“The NYSC members were posted to our school on our request. When they arrived, we shared them to some private compounds at Obot Uboko,” the teacher told NEXT EDITION.
“Others were taken to another compound in Uruk Atta 11- Okoyo village.”
He said the suspected cultists invaded the residence of the NYSC members and cart away personal belongings including laptops, phones and cash.
Another local, Effiong Ekeke, confirmed the attack and called on the relevant authorities to provide security to the area.
“Apart from stealing their properties, the cultists also raped some of the female corps members,” said Mr. Ekeke.
“Following the incident, corps members posted to our area have fled their places of primary assignments to protest the security lapses.”
A political leader from the area, Donald Iwok, attributed the incident to the collapse of security in some communities in the area.
“In recent times, there have been incidences of cult clashes leading to the death of over 15 people in this axis alone, especially in communities like Ikot Udobong, Okoyo, Uruk Atta 11, Ikpe and Otoro,” Mr. Iwok said.
“Between Monday and Wednesday this week, two persons have been killed in Ikot Mkporikpo and Obon Ebot villages.”
He, therefore, called on the Nigerian Police to beef up security in the area and to bring the culprits to book.
The Chairman of the council, Udeme Eduo however, appealed for calm while assuring that the council was working with security agencies to restore peace.
The state Commissioner of Police, Donald Awunah, said a number of suspected cultists have been arrested following the launch of “Operation Impact” in the area.
He assured that peace would soon return to the area as his men intensified efforts to dislodge criminal elements within Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.