SORROW AS GUNMEN KILL WEDDING GUEST, INJURE 3 Others IN FAILED ATTEMPT TO KIDNAP HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY MEMBER
Panic gripped indigenes and visitors in Idung Ikpetuen, a sleepy community in Uquo, headquarters of Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, as armed men numbering about six stormed a traditional wedding ceremony, killing one person, later identified as RAPHAEL EMMANUEL and injuring three others.
Brave Views gathered that the casualties were recorded in a failed attempt to kidnap the member representing Ibeno\Esit Eket in the State House of Assembly, Chief USORO AKPANUSOH.
It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the venue of the traditional wedding at around 6:45pm, when the lawmaker was trying to depart, forcing guests to scamper amid sporadic gunshots by the hoodlums.
A guest at the ceremony, Assanga Bassey
narrated what transpired to newsmen….
“The gunmen arrived as the guests including our House of Assembly were about leaving. They started shooting at random to scare away the people to pave the way for them to capture him, but his security Aides were vigilant and immediately whisked him away.
“But after the lawmaker had successfully escaped, one of the guests, Raphael Emmanuel, was spotted in the pool of his blood on the ground dead, while three others who sustained some degrees of injury were rushed to the nearby hospital in Eket town, where they are currently recuperating”.