The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has confirmed the death of four persons in a renewed communal violence between the Amazaba community in Eastern Obolo and their Ikot Akpan Udo neighbours in the Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of the state.
The police have also deployed a tactical force of about 300 officers in the warring communities to quell the disturbances.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who disclosed this while speaking to journalists on Saturday, said the Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durusinmi, had also appealed to relevant state and non-state actors to intensify efforts to resolve the crisis.
The crisis between the communities broke out in 2008, resulting in destruction of lives, property and displacement of thousands of residents from the warring communities.
Since then, efforts by successive administrations to resolve the crisis had yielded little or no results.
Macdon said, “The crisis in Amazaba community in Eastern Obolo and Ikot Akpan Udo of Ette clan in Ikot Abasi local government has led to the loss of four lives. We have mobilised about 300 policemen to the places; there is heavy deployment.
“Furthermore, the command is sparing no resources in restoring normalcy. The CP has called on those concerned to give peace a chance. He has further called on relevant state and non-state actors to intensify their interface in order to restore peace.”