Three persons have been reportedly killed in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Sunday after gunmen invaded the home of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Udo Ekpenyong.
The police spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident, said the commissioner’s younger sister was among those killed by the gunmen.
Elkana said the gunmen, who rode on a motorcycle shot and killed the woman inside the commissioner’s country home at Ikot Oku Usung village.
“The commissioner is safe. I’m not sure he was in the house when the incident happened,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police had banned the use of motorcycles in Ukanafun and in the neighbouring local government area of Etim Ekpo from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The police spokesperson in the state, Mr. Elkana, said in a statement that the ban took effect from Sunday.
“This measure becomes necessary to tackle the rising tide of violent crimes, especially murder and kidnapping in the affected Local Government Areas mainly perpetrated with motorcycles,” Mr. Elkana said.