Gunmen suspected to be members of a cult, invaded a Pentecostal church in Inen Ikot Esse community, OrukAnam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, and shot one of the elders on Sunday.
The suspected cult members, who were armed to the teeth, got to the church premises around 7.05 am and made their way to the vestry, where some church council officials gathered for prayer before the main church service kicks off.
Newsnaija learned that they shot a man identified as of Friday Ufenang, an elder of the church, left him in a pool of his own blood before engaging in a shooting, causing the worshippers to run in different directions.
It was learned that the victim was rushed to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital by policemen officers to the scene, and he is currently on life support.
Our source speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday, said an eyewitness, who identified himself as Sunday Ibanga, said it was saddening that the incident occurred as the new pastor posted to the church was resuming.
Ibanga in his statement “It is unfortunate that this incident is happening when a new pastor is resuming that Sunday”
The wife of the church elders, Mrs. Iniobong, who also spoke with our source on the phone, said her husband left for church that early to attend to his duties and left her and the children at home to join him later for the Sunday service.
Iniobong said she was about leaving the house to join her husband when she heard people screaming and rushing to report the incident to her.
She said, “When I heard that my husband had been shot, I summoned the courage and rushed to the church to carry his corpse for burial. But I met policemen helping me to carry him to the hospital for treatment.
Iniobong said, “My husband is on oxygen at the emergency ward, we need money to pay for various tests before surgery can be performed to remove the bullets in his head.”
Odiko Macdon, The state Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, described it as unfortunate but gave an assurance that the command would do everything possible to arrest those involved in the crime.
Macdon, said, Andrew Amiengheme, the state Commissioner of Police, had ordered the immediate mobilization of personnel to the scene to restore normalcy in the area
The CP stated, “I can confirm the incident in Inen Ikot Esse, OrukAnam Local Government Area. It is unfortunate that such an incident happened on the church premises. When it happened, it was the police who rushed the victim to the hospital for treatment.
Andrew Amiengheme, “The Commissioner of Police, condemned the wicked act and has mobilized police officers to the area to restore normalcy.”