Ete-Isang, as he was fondly called left his house in the evening of Monday to scout for straws to feed his goat did not return back even after night-fall. Worried by this strange development, the children quickly reported the matter to the newly elected Village Head, Chief Ekomobong Peter Assam who wasted no time as he summoned an emergency town hall meeting of all the villagers to discuss the matter.
A search party was immediately dispatched to comb the bushes in the direction where he was said to have been seen earlier in the day. His lifeless body was found less than half a mile from his backyard along the road leading to a nearby stream called Odu Iyak.
The Divisional Police office of Eket, Mr Idowu Owohunwa was intimated where he immediately visited the scene alongside some of his men for proper investigation. No arrest was made as no strong suspect was identified by the villagers in the course of police preliminary investigation.
But a young lady in her early thirties simply known as Edikan who spoke to reporters said she saw a strange young man along the road of the bush stream while going to fetch water to cook food for her children and met a young man who easily got angry with her and questioned her why she was staring at him so intently, then threatened to beat her if she continued staring at him. She said though she did not know him but could recognize him if she saw him again.
A community leader, here, Mr Akpe Isang, while reacting to the incident said he believed that it was the hash way which poverty has significantly ravaged the state thereby compelling young men to take to ritual killings by beheading people to make quick money.