The Chairman of Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Honourable Okpo Ekere is dead. The late council Chairman died on Tuesday night from injuries sustained when he was attacked during a communal clash in the middle of May.
Ekere had tried tosettle a dispute between Ebughu and Efiat communities in Mbo Local Government when some of the warring youths from Ebughu swooped on his official car and shot him several times at close range. The Chairman was also dealt severe machete cuts on the head. Eye witnesses disclosed that pleas from his police orderly that the youths should spare him fell on deaf ears.
He was rushed to a traditional healing centre where a number of bullets were extracted from his body. He was thereafter taken to the University of Uyo and he had been receiving treatment since then.
Honourable Ekere, a graduate of the University of Calabar was described by many as a hardworking gentleman. He exhibited his dedication to duty even to the very last moment.
A new twist might have however emerged into the attack as it is being alleged in some quarters that the deceased might have been attacked by people who just used the communal clash as a cover up to perpetrate an evil intention against him. While eulogising the deceased, one of those who knew the deceased said “as the Chief Security Officer, he bravely went to the front to quell the crisis only to be shot by low-life criminals who operated under the cover of a communal crisis”.
“I salute him for his dedication and I wish our President, the National Security Adviser, Inspector General of Police Service Chiefs as well as the Director General of the SSS will show such dedication to their sacred duties to save lives of Nigerians”, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State said.