A’Ibom youths protest killing of couple by senator Eyaknyi’s convoy

Angry youths of Akon-Itam community in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom state have protested the killing of a couple along Calabar-Itu Highway by a convoy of vehicles carrying the Senator representing Eket Senatorial District (Akwa Ibom South), Mrs Akon Iyakenyi, back to Uyo, the state capital from her campaign tour.

Senator  Akon Eyakenyi, is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy Governorship candidate and running mate to Pastor Umo Eno, the party’s flag-bearer in the upcoming governorship election.

Speaking to our Correspondent, one of the distraught youths, Comrade Utibe Inyang, explained that the convoy rammed into the couple who were on a motorcycle while trying to navigate the ever-busy highway connecting the neighbouring Calabar, Cross River state.

He disclosed that what triggered the anger of the people stemmed from the poor handling of the compensation package of a paltry N2m which the Senator gave to the family to quell the case.

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“The husband and wife killed by her convoy died and left behind three young children, so the pains we are still feeling now is because of the disdainful attitude demonstrated by the Deputy Governorship candidate without considering how these young orphans would be trained and developed without their parents.” He explained.

It was gathered that some officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), invited to manage traffic at the scene of the accident were injured and their patrol vehicle damaged by the natives, but the Corps Commander in the state, Mathew Olonisaye, who spoke with our Correspondent, said “only our vehicle was vandalized”, adding that the situation had been brought under control and normalcy returned.

<span;>Confirming the incident, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Olatoye Durosinmi, said calm has returned following fruitful negotiation for them to embrace peace, adding that for timely intervention, the youths were on the verge of torching some vehicles in the convoy.

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