Tension has heightened in Yala local government area of Cross River State over feared intention of the police to swoop on traditional rulers, chiefs, youth leaders in the area as well as other people in Okuku in Yala local government area.
Youths in the local government were said to have brutally beaten four police officers who were sent to the area from Abuja by the Inspector General of Police to arrest a suspected criminal a fortnight ago.
It was gathered that innocent residents, traditional rulers and youths have deserted their villages while the famous Okuku junction, a commercial nerve centre of the community, have been deserted with businesses and economic activities grounded.
On 17th April, 2019, four police officers, said to have been deployed from the force headquarters, Abuja, were in Okuku to arrest one Ikenga Amama who was alleged to have purchased a stolen car in which the rightful owner was killed, and the car snatched.
An eyewitness, who pleaded for anonymity, said on Sunday that a serious manhunt is coming in the wake of a recent alleged threat by the IGP to deal with the community if the suspects who beat the four police officers to stupor are not produced forthwith.
The police, on arrival in Okuku, Yala where the car was tracked, Ikenga, the “car dealer” who was the prime suspect, was said to have fallen victim of kidnappers few months earlier. He was said to have been apprehensive when the police officers accosted and invited him to enter their car.