By ISAAC JOB
Akwa Ibom state government has imposed dusk to dawn curfew on Ibeno to check further escalation of the clash between Ibeno and Yoruba fishermen in the area.
Speaking to newsmen in Uyo, the Chairman of Ibeno local government area High Chief Henry Mkpa said the curfew was a prompt action directed by the state government to prevent mayhem in the oil-rich city of Ibeno.
Following this directive, it was gathered that Mkpa has imposed an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew with full restrictions on both individual and vehicular movements in the troubled riverine communities from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.
A statement by the Council Chairman High Chief Mkpa warned that those apprehended during the curfew periods would be prosecuted, The Trumpet gathered.
“Following the violent clash between the Yoruba community and indigenes of Mkpanak group of communities in Ibeno council area, which has resulted in the loss of lives and properties, the Executive Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area has declared a dusk to dawn curfew in the area.
About ten persons have been feared killed and several others missing while property estimated at several millions of naira have been reportedly destroyed in a bloody communal clash early last Wednesday involving the mostly Yoruba (Ilaje) residents and the natives of the riverine Ibeno Local Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, has visited the troubled community which is host to Mobil Producing Nigeria, to calm frayed nerves and provide succour to hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) now taking refuge in neighbouring communities