It was a black new year for the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State as gunmen suspected to be hired assassins shot dead a chieftain of the party, Mr Otu Inyang.
Inyang who hailed from Ikot Udoma Village in Eket Local Government Area of the state was shot dead while returning home with his wife after a cross over service at Qua Iboe Church in the community.
It was gathered that the deceased was ambushed by his assailants who fired several bullets into his head a few minutes to his residence
It was gathered from a source that other worshippers going home after the service did not suspect that the sounds they heard were that of gunshots as there were several other sounds from knockout thrown by excited youths to herald the new year.
The President of Ekid Peoples Union and former governorship candidate on the platform of defunct All Nigeria People Party, Dr Samuel Udonsek, described the deceased as a formidable politician and community leader.
His words, “I received this news with great discomfort and sadness. I must say that this model of conflict resolution is uncommon in Ekid land.