21st November, 2011
Unidentified gunmen have killed two persons in Ikot Apaden, in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Sources close to the community told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that one of the victims was Chief Christopher Ikpe, a community leader in Ekin village and one Bernard Udoma.
The incident was said to have occurred a few metres from Akwa Ibom State University
in Ikot Apanen, Mkpat Enin council area.
NAN learnt that there was a gun battle between the gunmen and the police lasting several minutes and scaring away people from the crime scene.
The sources said that it remained unclear if the unidentified gunmen were armed robbers
or hired assassins because they actually had a drink with the chief before he was killed.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom , ASP Onyeka
Orji, confirmed the incident saying that gunmen killed two unidentified persons during
Orji said that two members of the gang had been arrested while others fled with
gunshot wounds, adding that the police was still on their trail.
According to him, the police recovered an AK 47 rifle and 22 rounds of
ammunition as well as the Hiace bus used for the operation.