The Police Command in Akwa Ibom on Monday confirmed the attack by militants at T-junction in Itu Local Government Area which occurred on Saturday. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Cordelia Nwawe, confirmed the attack but denied the reported casualty figure. She said that the command had already mapped out strategies to curtail such attacks by militants in future. She said the command had also reached out to other commands in other states to block their waterways against militants’ infiltration into the state.
A resident of the area, Moses Phillips, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the gunmen suspected to be militants killed two middle aged women and injured many others at the market during the attack. He said they dressed in military camouflage, emerged from the river on two speed boats loaded with machine guns and other ammunition and struck during market hours at 8 a.m. He said that policemen and soldiers only arrived the scene after the bandits had left.