The village head of Asanting in Ibiono Ibom local government area, Obong Eteidung Ime Ukut Udoaka, has raised the alarm over a new wave of terrorism in his village.
According to him, the crime has resulted in the wanton destruction of infrastructure and threat to life in the locality.
Udoaka, who spoke to journalists at his palace recently, listed property that havebeen vandalised to include water project donated by Winners Chapel; palm oil mill built through self-help effort by the people and stealing of cows belonging to herdsmen in the area.
Udoaka alleged that trouble started in the village when one Ukeme Albert returned and claimed to be the youth leader of Asantingvillage youth.
He alleged that Albert, who is now on the run, accused him of selling a land in dispute to a church as well as the village electricity transformer to Igbo traders.
Udoaka alleged that the self-acclaimed youth leader used the false allegations to wreak havoc before he absconded from the village.
He claimed that the acts of terrorism exhibited by Albert also included forcing a dredging company working in the village to pay N250,000 monthly to him which he used to procure arms and ammunition until the village council intervened through security agencies.
His words: “The youth leader, Ukeme Albert went with his gang to the village stream and intimidated workers of adredging company here and forced them to pay him N250,000and the village council intervened to stop it after he had collected the cash for many months
“The youth leader also went to where Winners Chapel is building Faith Academy School and intimidated workers for contracts and other incentives.
“He vandalised the water project that was provided by Winners Chapel for the community and also destroyed the palm oil mill built by the community and escaped.”
Udoaka explained that “government gave us the transformer but the capacity was lower than what was expected so it was taken out for replacement as Winners Chapel’s school bargained for a bigger one which has been installed for use.
“But the youth leader accused me falsely that I sold out the community transformer and damaged my image.”
He urged security agencies to fish out theyouth leader and make him to face charges of cultism and terrorism that were reported against him.