[ cross river state governor]
There is tension in Itigidi, headquarters of Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, following the murder of a mortician, Mr. Isong Nkanu, by anti-riot policemen who had gone to maintain peace in the community.
It was learnt on Tuesday that a detachment of anti-riot policemen were sent to the community to maintain the peace following threats by some youths to burn down the Itigidi Police Station on Monday.
The threat was sequel to the invitation of three village chiefs and a youth leader by the Police for questioning over the death of a cow that was shut by an unknown person in October 2017.
Following the detention of the two community leaders, some infuriated youths in Itigidi were said to have embarked on a protest to press for the release of their four leaders that honoured the invitation.
A resident of Itigidi, Mr. Raymond Egbe, said the slain Nkanu, popularly known as “Isong No Joke”, was killed when the policemen tried to disperse the protesters.
Egbe said, “The chiefs and our youth leader honoured the police invitation as law abiding citizens, but they were detained when they got there. This infuriated the entire community, which led to the peaceful demonstration.
“The youths only went on the protest without any weapon or fire arm. They only went to register their grievances over the arrest of the custodians of tradition and culture of the people. For the fact that they honoured the invitation in their capacity, shows they have respect for constituted authority.
“While they were protesting, one of our community leaders, identified as Isong, was shot dead by police. To be honest with you the matter was politicised. If not, we do not see any reason why a matter concerning a cow that was shot dead in October 2017 will suddenly come up now.