police clash with motorcycle operators
The was a clash between some motorcycle operators in Eket Local government area of Akwa Ibom State with the police force over the death of 2 motorcycle operators.
Commercial motorcycle operators on Tuesday 1 of October 2019 in Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom State, launched an attack on the police in the area for allegedly killing two of their members.
The angry Eket youths set a police patrol van on fire, even as they placed a mock coffin in front of the police divisional office in Eket.
The police had earlier banned commercial motorcyclists from operating before 6 a.m and beyond 6 p.m daily due to the high rate of criminal activities in the area.
It was reported that the motorcyclist’s operators did not obey the instruction yet the keep operating beyond the stipulated period.
An eyewitness Emman Okposin, narrating the incident to newsmen, said,
“One of our members was shot dead by the police last Sunday night and the corpse has been deposited in the
the mortuary at Immanuel General Hospital, Eket.
“As a result of what happened on Monday, when a policeman beat a motorcyclist and he collapsed on the spot before the victim was rushed to the hospital.
“The victim named Udo from Idung Udoe died the previous night while receiving treatment at Immanuel General Hospital, Eket.”
He said the youths and all motorcycle operators took the corpse to Eket local government council and later
to the area police station as the council chairman Frank Archibong was not available to address them.
Okposin said the police prevented them from entering their station and they returned the corpse to the mortuary.
He said all the cyclists and the youths regrouped and moved to police checkpoints along James Town road.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko McDon said the restriction order was from
the state government as a strategy to check cultism and all forms of criminality in the area.
McDon has denied knowledge of the death of any cyclists, however, they vowed that the police would
stop at nothing in ensuring that the order, which helped to checkmate criminality in Ikot Ekpene.
In their words, “The restriction order by the state government is not just in Eket, but also in Ikot Ekpene and other
troubled areas and the police are merely carrying out the order.
We are burden with the responsibility of implementing the law. We are not using force, so we are not aware
of any death, and we would stop at nothing in ensuring that we implement the order.
“They raised down our Volvo that had a mechanical fault and we have arrested 19 persons in connection with that.
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