The Akwa Ibom state government has banned the activities of scavengers in the state, in particular, in the state capital, Uyo.
This is so after some angry youths burned to death, two ‘scrapvengers’ for allegedly killing one Anietie in the Afaha Oku community metropolis, in the state capital.
Late Anietie was said to have challenged the scavengers for illegally entering his compound, and cart away some valuables, without any permission.
In reaction to Anietie challenge, the ‘scrapvengers’ pounce on him, beat him mercilessly, which led to his death.
It was Anietie brother, that raised the alarm that alerted youths in the area, which also led to beating, and the eventual death of the two scavengers.
Also, activities of motorcycle riders, popularly called okada riders, were also banned in the state.
In a press release, signed by the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom state government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, it was stated that, scavengers within the state, have been using scavenging as a way of stealing, harassing, and assaulting Akwa Ibom citizens, and this is breaching the peaceful inter-ethnic co-existence being enjoyed in the state.
It was cited in the press statement, how in 2021, scavengers invaded ‘a no go’ military zone, in the Oruk Anam local government area, which led to the detonation of explosives that killed about four persons.
The release also confirmed the ban of okada riders, which according to the SSG, has been before now, but that the state government is just reiterating its commitment to seeing an end to the activities of motorcycles, despite riders flouting the laid down order.
SSG Emmanuel Ekuwem, in the statement, therefore called for peace, and cordial relationship amongst its citizens, and other residents living in the state.