A widow, Mrs Choice Etuk John, who narrowly escaped death in the hands of suspected cultists in Inen community of Oruk Anam Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State has recounted her experiences as she survived pains from injuries.
Speaking to newsmen at the Female Orthopedic Ward of University Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) on Saturday, the 42-year old widow said she left Displaced Persons Camp where all residents of Inen community settled at Ikot Ibritam, the council headquarters on a Sunday morning to visit the deserted village when one of the suspected cultists emerged from the bush close to their house, accosted her and started shooting.
“One of them waylaid me and said “your own is finished” and shot me but surprisingly the gun could not discharge bullet on two occasions. He lifted the gun up, pull the trigger and the bullet discharged into the thin air. He brought out matchet and started cutting me in annoyance as he could not kill me with his gun.
“I pleaded him to take my Lady motorcycle but he refused insisting that he wants to kill me and continue giving me matchet blows on my head, hands, shoulders and back. The matchet blow landed me in gutter before he ran into the bush to join his gang who were waiting for him.
“I crawled on my belly out of the gutter to main road before a good Samaritan picked me up on my motorcycle. I asked them to take me to Police station at Ikot Ibritam for entries.
“I was taken to General Hospital, Ikot Okoro in Oruk Anam Local Government Area and Mercy hospital, Abak. In these two hospitals, I was rejected as injuries were very severe. However, when I was brought here – University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), I was admitted. I was unconscious for three days because of over bleeding.