Inen community in Oruk Anam localgovernment area of the state which is notorious for cults related incidents arein the news again for the wrong reason. This time it is reported that suspectedcultists from the community set fire to a police outpost in the area.

Residents ofthe troubled and volatile communitywere said to have fled their homes as gunmen suspectedto be cultists set fire to the policeoutpost.

It wasgathered that the Inen Ekeffe Police Outpost was burnt down by the cultists asreprisal against the police for resisting their operations and for arrestingsome of their members.

A sourcetold our correspondent that some police personnel absconded on sighting thehoodlums.

According tothe source, over 30 cultists blocked the community road between the FaithTabernacle Church and the gate of the Al Madal Construction Company chantingsolidarity songs before moving to burn down the police outstation.

It wasgathered that they snatched two motorcycles belonging to Udeme Atanong andNdifreke Otu, and molested anyone who crossed their path as many residents, onsighting them, took cover in the bush.

The sourcestated, “Residents, who wanted to visit their houses to obtain food items andrush back to their settlement camps in neighbouring villages, were trapped inthe bush, while the hoodlums molested and maimed anybody passing on the road.”

A communityleader, Mr Anyanime Umoren, condemned the killings and wanton destruction oflives and property.

Umoren, thePublic Relations Officer of the Inen Stakeholders’ Forum, said the leaders ofthe community had written several letters to Governor Udom Emmanuel to restorepeace in the community but to no avail


However, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed the incident but said that the building was an abandoned structure.

“The building is a dilapidated one that was previously owned by the police as an out station office for our personnel but was later shut down because of inadequate manpower in the force,” Macdon stated.