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Marital Infidelity Leads To Communal Conflict In Akwa Ibom

Jayfred Ugo

Marital infidelity has led to communal conflict in Akwa Ibom, reports say. According to the reports, a woman called Ime Etuo had a misunderstanding with her husband and returned to her father's house in Ikot Osute village.

Her husband reportedly reconciled with his wife and moved in to live with the lady's family in Ikot Osute. However, Ime Etuo was alleged to have had extra-marital affairs with a popular man, known by his nickname 'Chop I Chop' who hails from the neighbouring village, Ikot Ukpong.

The youths of Ikot Osute, led by someone called Udeme, attacked 'Chop I Chop' and beat him to death for having an illicit affair with the wife of their brethren. The village head of Ikot Osute, Chief Tana, heard of the fracas and led some youths to apprehend Udeme, the lynch leader. They caught him and tied him, while they waited for the police to take him into custody.

Udeme tricked the villagers into releasing him, but as soon as he was untied, Udeme escaped into the bush and the youths did not find him.

The next day, the youths of Ikot Ukpong village where the deceased came from had heard that their son was killed by youths in Ikot Osute and matched to the village to wage war.

Eyewitness reports suggest that one Idongesit Bassey was shot dead on the spot during the clash while two others were rushed to Immanuel General Hospital for treatment, but they also died from their gunshot wounds, as proper medical care could not be provided by the police.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed the casualties to be three persons while many others were severely injured.