Akwa Ibom solves the crisis of the Ibeno/Ilaje fishing colony

The Akwa Ibom government said it has resolved the crisis between its Ibeno community and the Ilaje people of Yoruba descent in Mkpanak in the Ibeno local government area of ​​the state.

The Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, made the statement in a statement released in Uyo on Wednesday.

He said hostilities broke out between the two groups in the Ibeno fishing settlement on April 19, resulting in the death of one person and the destruction of property.

The two groups agreed to sheathe their swords, he assured.

The Deputy Governor added that their leaders have also agreed to end the crisis so that the two groups continue to live in peace in the fishing colony.

Ekpo also said the two groups would sign a memorandum of understanding on peaceful coexistence on Friday, April 29.

The Deputy Governor also said he attended the peace meeting with the Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area, Chief William Mkpah.

Also present at the meeting were representatives of the Supreme Ruler of Ibeno, Chief Okutinyang Inyang, chiefs of the three villages concerned, and fisherman chiefs from Ibeno and Ilaje.

“The meeting was also attended by the Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Ini Adiakpan, law enforcement officials and other security officers,” he said.

Ekpo asked the leadership of the Ibeno local government council to ensure the safe return of those who fled the fishing colony following the crisis.

He said the government had sent relief materials including food, mosquito nets, blankets and clothes to affected fishermen and their families in temporary camps in Eket.

“The Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Welfare has already taken care of two women who delivered their babies in one of the camps on April 26,” Ekpo said.

(NOPE)

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