By Edem Edem Calabar
Thousands of youths in small Iwuru in Akamkpa local government area of Cross River State have blocked the Calabar-Ikom highway protesting the alleged killing of their son. The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday.
An eye witness who declined giving his name said that the incident occurred in a bad spot of the road in small Iwuru in Akamkpa local government area of the state when youths assisted in pulling out a vehicle from the bad spot.
“After pulling out the vehicle, the boys demanded for gratification which the occupants of the vehicle refused to give. The boys did not know that the occupants of the vehicle were security operatives and they insisted in getting their money.
“Misunderstanding ensued and the security operatives allegedly opened fire and one of the youths was gun down from the stray bullet and he died on the spot. By the time the youths realized it the vehicle had left.
“Aggrieved by the incident, the youths destroyed several vehicles on site and also blocked the road for over seven hours. As I am speaking to you, no movement and over 200 vehicles are line up the road as the youths were still blocking” he stated.
Also commenting on the incident, a Chief residing in the area who pleaded that his name should not be mentioned told DAILY NEWS on phone this afternoon that “As I am speaking to you, the road was still blocked. Some of the people going outside Cross River State are trapped in the situation on their way to Abuja and those also coming back are also trapped
A victim who also trapped said, “We were coming back from Abuja when we got to small Iwuru and met some youths destroying vehicles and assaulting innocent citizens having blocked the road. According to them soldiers killed one of them this morning.
“You know that section of the road is bad and maybe these boys stood there and were collecting N100 from vehicles, maybe they didn’t know that that was an army vehicle since the soldiers must have disguised themselves. So I believed there must have engaged them and it resulted to the killing” the victim alleged.
Interestingly, the House member representing Biase LGA in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ogbor Ogbor said that he had been informed on the incident and was currently on top of the situation to ensure law and order as well as peace is maintained.