The Akwa Ibom Police Department has confirmed the arrest of some key suspects, following the death of a farmer in the state.
According to reports, last month, the farmer was found in a pool of blood after been allegedly stabbed to death in his farm at Shelter Afrique Extension Afaha Atai village in Ibesikpo Asutan local government area of the state by some herdsmen.
After that, a peace meeting was arranged by the leaders of the Fulani community and the traditional leaders in the area, as they hoped to reach a truce to maintain peace between the herdsmen and the indigenous Farmers of Akwa Ibom state.
The Akwa Ibom State police command confirmed the arrest of three suspected herdsmen on Tuesday, for allegedly killing a farmer identified as one Mr Peter Edem Asuquo.
In a statement signed by the police spokesman, Odiko MacDon, a Superintendent of Police, he listed Shehu Ule, Aliyu Umar, and Neusa Adamu as the alleged killers.
The Police Spokesman announced that the commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, gave the order for the arrest of the herdsmen following a tipoff from one Ime Aman Essien.
MacDon further disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, while sympathising with the family of the slain farmer had taken a huge step to broker a truce and prevent further killings
He said the CP, on Monday, December 2, held a peace meeting in his office with Ette Idung Etim Edet, who is the traditional leader of Afaha Atai and Alhaji Mustapha Gurama, chairman of the Fulani community.
According to him, the brother of the deceased, Mr Eyong Edem, was also in attendance, including the village council chairman, Mr Ita Ekpo, members of the vigilante and the DPO of Shelter Arique division.
“While the CP sympathised with the family of the deceased for the loss, he implored and retained the assurances of stakeholders present to maintain peace and avoid a breakdown of law and order.
He also assured them that the perpetrators would be charged to court immediately,” the statement reads.