Pandemonium struck in the Obot-Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State when a clash between security operatives and thugs left two people dead and witnessed the burning of 13 vehicles in a pre-election crisis.
Reports say the clash took place during the distribution of sensitive materials for the shifted presidential and National Assembly elections with security personnel on election duties exchanging gunfire with some hoodlums which resulted in the deaths recorded.
An eyewitness who declined to be named said calm has been restored in the area following the incident which sent cold shivers down the spines of residents living around the spot where the shooting took place.
“Two persons were killed and 13 vehicles burnt in the local government headquarters. The crisis started between the security personnel and some thugs when the Independent National Electoral Commission officials were distributing sensitive materials for the elections,” the witness said.
Reacting to the incident, Mr Mike Igini, the state Resident Electoral Committee, confirmed the burning of the 13 vehicles and informed that the attack was sponsored by some faceless politicians but he however did not confirm the deaths.
Mr Igini said, “Politicians who are the greatest beneficiaries of this democracy have become the greatest threats. In Akwa Ibom, equal opportunities will be given to all the political parties.”