Usoro Akpanusoh calls for more government interest in Oku-Iboku/Ikot Offiong crisis

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By Evelyn Affia|

The member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh has urged government at all levels to show more interest in the lingering crisis between Oku-Iboku, Itu Local Government Area and Ikot Offiong village in Cross River State.

The lawmaker, who made the call today during Plenary and speaking in support of a motion on “Incessant and continuous killing of Itu people: A call for urgent action” sponsored by the member representing Itu State Constituency, Hon. (Prince) Idongesit Ituen.

The lawmaker noted that the cardinal responsibility of the government is the protection of lives and property, adding that though the state and federal government have been playing the said role so far, there was need for both governments to show more interest in the lingering crisis between Oku-Iboku and Ikot Offiong villages.

“The government have been responsive but to be more responsive, they have to make the security presence in Itu local government to be more active because what I know very well is that one of the most cardinal objective of government at any level is to protect territorial boundaries in order not to compromise with any security personnel at the expense of the citizenry.

“And I also want to believe that Governor Emmanuel led administration is exceedingly doing all it can to protect lives and property of her people. But the threat by the neighbouring state must be properly checked.

“Hence, due to this incessant killings and communal crisis, the government as a matter of urgency should dialogue to arrest this situation and I want to also use the opportunity to call on the federal government to look into the plights of the people of the area as it will go a long way to save lives”.

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