The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Friday appealed to aggrieved youths of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas to lay down their arms within five days and embrace peace.
The appeal was contained in a statement signed by DSP MacDon Odiko, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, in Uyo.
The statement also enjoined the aggrieved youths to assemble at Central School, Ikot Akpankuk, Ukanafun to surrender their arms for documentation from September 22 to 26.
According to the statement, the assembly for surrendering and documentation of arms is expected to hold from 8am to 6pm each day.
Odiko also stated that the gesture was meant for reconciliation, rehabilitation and reintegration of the aggrieved youths of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun councils of the state.
“It is hoped that this gesture will lead to complete reconciliation, rehabilitation and reintegration of the aggrieved youths,” he stated.
Odiko also stated that the gesture was expected to pave the way for the government to develop the affected communities.
NAN recalled that Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun crisis, which began about a year ago, had led to hardship, insecurity and loss of lives in the area.