Foremost political and youth leader of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, Comrade Leo Leo Umana, has lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for painstakingly ensuring that peace, serenity and orderliness returned to the raffia city.
Comrade Umana, who made this known through an open letter, captioned “I-Stand-With-Governor-Udom-Emmanuel,” said “I want to register my profound commendation to the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State for restoring peace to the first Experimental Local Government in British West African control, Ikot Ekpene the Raffia city. The once peaceful city was overtaken by miscreants, cultist and criminals and the peace and serene atmosphere of the place was massively threatened and under siege.”
“People were hopeless and lifeless Nights were turned to horror and jungles None was sure of any sleep at night, as so many preferred nearby bushes and churches to escape the hammer, horror and invasion of house to house raiding and combing by these men of the nights. All internal efforts proved abortive until the intervention by Governor Udom Emmanuel, mobilizing Joint Task force to return peace and sanity to the Local Government Area.”
Comrade Umana, who described the premier local government as a den for miscreants and thieves, said “There is peace now. No more harassment, bike snatching, cutting of hands, killings, raping and stealing of phones, i-pads at gun points. People can sleep with their two eyes closed. This operation must be sustained while I equally suggest to the Governor to dig deep to unravel the genesis of this carnage and proffer lasting and sustainable solution to the protracted crisis.”
He appealed to the people of the area to cooperate with security agencies to ensure lasting solution, stressing that churches and parents must complement the role of the Governor for the progress of the area.
While thanking the State Governor, Comrade Umana charged stakeholders and opinion leaders from the area to be partners and volunteers in the fight against hoodlums and in the peace restoration campaign.