Police arrest three herdsmen over killing of Akwa Ibom farmer

Police arrest three herdsmen over killing of Akwa Ibom farmer

- The police in Akwa Ibom has made some arrests following the death of farmer in the state

- The farmer was allegedly stabbed to death in his farm last month at Ibesikpo Asutan local government area of the state by the herders

- A peace meeting has also being called by the leaders of the Fulani community and the traditional leaders in the area

The Akwa Ibom police command said it has arrested three herdsmen for allegedly killing one Peter Edem Asuquo, a farmer in the state.

The deceased was allegedly stabbed to death in his farm last month at Shelter Afrique Extension Afaha Atai village in Ibesikpo Asutan local government area of the state by the herders.

A statement signed by the police spokesman, Odiko MacDon, a Superintendent of Police, mentioned Shehu Ule, Aliyu Umar and Neusa Adamu as the alleged killers.

He said the commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal gave the order for the arrest of the herders following a report from one Ime Aman Essien

MacDon said that the CP while sympathizing with the family of the slain farmer had gone a step further to broker a truce between Fulani herdsmen and the deceased family.

He said the CP, on Monday, December 2, held a peace meeting in his office with Ette Idung Etim Edet, who 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 avoidable loss, he implored, and retained therefrom, the assurances of stakeholders present in the meeting to maintain the peace and avoid a breakdown of law and order while also assuring them that the perpetrators will be charged to court immediately,” the statement said.

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Recall that a month ago, a hunter and farmer, Mr. Ubit Bassey Akpan was killed by unknown gunmen in Mbak Etoi community in Uyo local government area of Akwa Ibom state.

The deceased was shot by the assailants in his palm tree farm near his residence on Friday, October 18.

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