Suspected cultists belonging to the fierce Debam and Iceland confraternities have burnt down a Police outpost in Inen community, Oruk Anam local government area, Akwa Ibom state.
It was gathered that the cultists who have been terrorizing the area for the past eight months were said to have burnt down the Inen Ekeffe Police post at Inen junction on Monday night, forcing residents to flee their homes.
It was gathered that the Policemen at the Inen Ekeffe Police post had absconded from their duty post in the wake of cult related violence and reprisal attacks in the area.
It was learnt that when the out station was functional, the cultists overpowered the Policemen posted to man the out station, killed and maimed rival gang members as well as innocent community citizens.
An eyewitness, Mfonobong Okorie said, “Over 30 cultists barricaded the community road between Faith Tabernacle Church, Inen Ikot Etim and the gate of Al Madal Construction company, where they snatched two motorcycles.”
“After some hours, the cultists regrouped and moved towards Inen Junction where they burnt down the Police sub station at about 7pm chanting war songs.”
“Residents who wanted to visit their houses to obtain food items and rush back to their settlement camps in neighbouring villages were trapped in the bush while the hoodlums molested and maimed anybody passing on the road.”
“This Police station was a rented property. It doesn’t belong to government but this night the cultists invaded the building and set it ablaze,” she concluded.
One of the community leaders, Anyanime Umoren condemned the killings and destruction of lives and property by the cult gang, saying the mayhem was unprecedented in the history of the community.
Umoren, who is the Public Relations Officer of Inen Stakeholders Forum, said, “I don’t know what has come over our youths. Right now many people have deserted this community except aged persons who have nowhere to run to.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Mcdon confirmed the incident but insisted that the building was a dilapidated structure rented as an out station of the Nigerian Police.
He dismissed the incident as an ordinary fire that gutted an abandoned building in the area, saying everything should not be attributed to cultism