Some really bizarre and strange killings are going on in Akwa Ibom State. The recent is the decapitation of the head of a man by name Udo Jimmy aka Ete-Isang in a small village called Ikot Odion in Eket Local Government area of Akwa Akwa Ibom State.
Ete-Isang, as he was fondly called left his house in the evening of Monday to scout for straws to feed his goat and did not return back even after night-fall. Worried by this strange development, the children quickly reported the matter to the newly elected Village Head, Chief Ekomobong Peter Assam who wasted no time as he summoned an emergency town hall meeting of all the villagers to discuss the matter.
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A search party was immediately dispatched to comb the bushes in the direction where he was said to have been seen earlier in the day. His lifeless body was found just less than half a mile from his backyard along the road leading to a nearby stream called Odu Iyak.
The Divisional Police office of Eket, Mr Idowu Owohunwa was informed and he immediately visited the scene alongside some of his men for proper investigation. No arrest has been made, because no suspect has identified by the villagers or the police.
But a young lady in her early thirties simply known as Edikan who spoke to this reporter said she saw a strange young man along the road of the bush stream while going to fetch water to cook food for her children, she also stated the young man got angry with her and questioned why she was staring at him so intently, then threatened to beat her if she continued staring at him. She said although she did not know him but she would be able to recognize him if she saw him again.
A community leader, Mr Akpe Isang, while reacting to the incident said he believed that it was due to poverty, he said poverty has significantly ravaged the state thereby compelling young men to take to ritual killings and beheading people to make quick money. “There is no doubt in my mind that poverty is the cause of this incessant beheading and ritual killing going on in Akwa Ibom State. This is the area where Akwa Ibom government has failed woefully in addressing.”
Another reason cited for the killing of this septuagenarian is witchcraft. One of the community spokespersons who spoke on account of anonymity said Mr Jimmy returned from Calabar three years ago after the death of his eldest son and settled at home. Witchcraft was widely believed to be the cause of his son’s death.
“He returned from Calabar about three years ago after the death of his son. His son’s death really shocked many of us. I think people actually thought then this was caused by supernatural forces. So I really suspect some men who nurture this belief could be responsible for his death.’’
In Oron area, about seven people were beheaded just last month alone in different villages. Also in 2001, more than eleven people including children believed to be witches and wizards were tortured and killed in this village alone and buried in an unknown mass grave.
God please intervene, this is becoming too much.