Again, ACION Visits Displaced Indigens of Ubambat in Okoyong, Donate Food Items

The association of concerned Indigens of Okoyong, ACION have again visited the displaced people of Ubambat community in Okoyong, Odukpani LGA. 

The visit is a follow-up of a similar visit few weeks ago by the same association following the invasion of the community by rampaging youths of Ikot Offiong in same Odukpani LGA.

The recent visit, according to president of the group, Pastor Effiong Ekpo, was at the instance of the leadership of Onim-Ankiong clan council led by the clan head elect, Barr. Etim Okon and supported by the lawmaker representing Odukpani state constituency, Hon. Francis Asuquo. 

He said the visit was again necessary because of the hunger and hardship the people were now subjected to as a result of the destruction of their sources of livelihood including their farmlands and shops by the irate Ikot Offiong youths. 

Ekpo who poured encomiums on the leadership of Onim-Ankiong clan council and Hon Francis Asuquo for their support also requested for the intervention of the state government to end the unprovoked attacks against the people of Ubambat. 

Speaking, the clan head elect, Onim-Ankiong clan council, Barr. Edet Okon appreciated the association for their support to troubled communities across the state, while calling on more of such selfless groups to intervene in several troubling communities without having to wait for government intervention which may take longer time. 

He said, "We also suffered the same fate, we ran away and left our community for over three years. So we understand exactly what you are going through"

Barr Okon who cautioned against any attempt to exterminate the people of Ubambat from their ancestral home, maintained that such will be seriously resisted.  

Responding, chairman of Ekut family council in Ubambat, Prof. Ekpenyong Ekpo, expressed joy in what they called "show of love by our brothers and sisters from Onim-Ankiong community" 

They pleaded with Hon, Francis Asuquo, lawmaker representing Odukpani LGA in the state house of assembly to mention their plight to governor Ben Ayade for timely intervention while calling for a police post to be stationed in the affected community to wade off further attack. 

According to him " even though the people of Oku Iboku had attacked our village twice for habouring the Ikot Offiong people, the community never saw any bad in helping our displaced brothers and sisters from Ikot Offiong 

"Is this how they intend to pay us for helping them when they were chased out from their village? He querried

"And so this is the reason why we find this attack very painful" 

Three persons were reportedly killed during the unfortunate incident, while several properties worth millions were destroyed. 

 Among the items donated were several bags of rice, cartons of seasoning, bags of salt among other things.


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