Law maker debunks newspaper report of Awka Ibom killing by Abia community


Dr Mike Ukoha, member representing Arochukwu State Constituency, in the Abia House of Assembly, has debunked a newspaper report of killing and missing of persons in his constituency.

Ukoha in a statement made available newsmen in Umuahia on Friday by his Media Assistant, Chimezie Okoroafor, said that the report was false and provocative.

It said that the report was contained in the newspaper’s publication of March 31, 2021, with the title ”7 feared dead, 4 missing in Akwa Ibom over renewed attack by Abia Community.”

According to the statement, the report accused the people of Arochukwu Kingdom of killing seven of Ikpanja indigenes of Akwa Ibom and raped their women.

The statement explained that the fracas between people of Ugbo village in Arochukwu and their Akwa Ibom neighbours happened in March 12 and 13.

It alleged that in the ugly incident, a youth from Arochukwu was killed and beheaded.

The statement futher said that talks were ongoing between the two communities for a peaceful resolution of their differences.

The Minority Whip in the statement wondered why the reporter should stoke embers of disunity by whipping up sentiments through false publication.

It called on the management of the publication, to  immediately withdraw the publication and tender an unreserved apology to  the people of Arochukwu or be ready to face legal action.

It urged the general public to ignore the report and treat it as false and baseless.

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