Suspected cultists injure 1, sack church in A’Ibom

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Gunmen suspected to be cultists have reportedly shot an elder during an attack on a church in Inen Ikot Esse village OrukAnam local government of Akwa Ibom.

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The incident, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday during church service, caused panic as worshippers fled for safety.


An eyewitness, Sunday Ibanga, said the attackers numbering over 10 stormed the church premises at exactly 7:05 am and went straight to the vestry where church officers were praying before the commencement of worship.

Ibanga said an elder of the church was shot severally on the head leaving him in the pool of his blood, causing others to lie flat on the floor.

He said the church pastor immediately reached out to the church headquarters for a vehicle to evacuate the victim to the hospital for treatment.


Speaking at the hospital on Monday, the wife of the victim simply identified as Mrs. Iniobong, said her husband left for church early morning to attend to his duties, leaving her and the children at home to join later.

She said while preparing to join her husband in the church, she heard a loud scream outside their compound from people who came to inform that the husband has been shot in the church vestry during prayers.


“When I heard that my husband has been shot, I summoned courage and rushed to the church just to carry the corpse for burial. But I met policemen helping me to carry my husband to the hospital for first aid before the main treatment in this hospital.


“Since yesterday my husband is surviving through oxygen here in the emergency ward. We need money to pay for various tests before surgery to remove the bullets in his head.”

She said the incident occurred while there was a negotiation between Debam and Iceland rival cult confraternities in the area to end protracted hostilities that have disrupted normal activities in the community.


“One volunteer told me that he had visited the camp of the two cult groups and they all denied their roles in the incident. So, I don’t know where the gunmen came from to shot my husband,” she said.

Confirming the incident, Akwa Ibom Police Public Relations Officer SP Odiko Mcdon said the perpetrators of the crime would soon be arrested to face the wrath of the law.

The Nation

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