Hit-And-Run Driver Kills Popular Masquerade In Akwa Ibom
A popular but dreaded masquerade in Akwa Ibom State, Ekpo, was on Thursday, knocked down by a hit and run driver.
An eyewitness said it was initially thought the masquerade, which most people in Akwa Ibom consider to be spirit from the other world, would stand up and continue with his parade. But after most time, it was obvious that he was badly hurt.
“People could not go to help him because ekpo is a dreaded culture. They just stood at a distance to observe him writhe in pains till he died,” a witness told Saturday Sun.
The state commissioner for information, Mr Charles Udoh, who confirmed the incident said, when he was informed that ekpo has been killed , he called the appropriate authorities to go and evacuate the corpse.
“The unfortunate thing is that he was dead before help could come his way. And knowing how people regard ekpo in our clime, maybe, if he was a normal person that was knocked, passers-by could have stopped to help.
“But ekpo is not easy to deal with, especially the female folks. Taking him with the mask to the hospital could cause a serious stir. So maybe people were just waiting, looking on till he died,” Udoh said.