The gun men who were about seven in number stormed the royal palace while shattering bullets into the air, dragged Edidem Assam out of his bed room into a waiting unidentified car and drove to Unyeghe, in Mbo Local Government Area, where he was again picked up by a speed boat into the Oron high sea.
An eyewitness said though, no casualty was recorded during the operation, but several people sustained injuries in varied degrees while scampering for safety. “The gun men surrounded the chief’s compound shooting gun into the air.
One of the gun shots sounded like a bomb blast. I thought it was a war. My daughter and I ran into the bush. She sustained some injuries while running. We saw them dragged the chief like a goat. I thought the came to kill him.
But they put him into a waiting car that was steaming and sped off to the Unyighe area of Oron. The police came very late while they have already gone.” Mrs Ime Akpe, a quivering mother of three told this reporter.