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Nigerian soldiers allegedly storm a village in Bayelsa, burn houses

September 1, 2017 8:38 AM
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Nigerian soldiers allegedly storm a village in Bayelsa, burn houses

The soldiers, in a reprisal attack, invaded the oil community, demolishing and burning houses in their way.

Recall that NAIJ.com earlier reported that four soldiers and one civilian have been reported dead after they were ambushed by unknown gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants in Bayelsa state.

Security sources also confirmed the attack and that the soldiers were coming from Letugbene community when they were attacked.

The soldiers, while reacting to the death of their colleagues, descended on the community on August 29, destroying homes and arresting people.

In a statement released by a youth group in the region and signed by one Etolor Ebi Prince, the president of the Ekelga Federated Youth Council (EFYC), the soldiers attacked the community because they suspected that the community gave information that led to the attack and subsequent death of the officers.

The statement reads: "A peaceful and law abiding community "Letugbene” under Iduwini clan, all in Ekeremor local government area council, Bayelsa state was invaded by military men on the 29th of August 2017.

"According to an eye witness, in accordance with different reports. A worker at an oil field called Atala was reportedly sick so a speedboat driver who happened to be the father rushed him accompanied by 3 soldiers from an oil and gas house boat to Letugbene community for treatment. While on their way back to their house boat, unknown gunmen attacked them at a confluence and killed everybody in exception of the father of the boy.

"In retaliation, the Nigerian military invaded the community, set houses ablaze including the community vice chairman's house, arrested the CDC Chairman and other members of the community because they suspected the community members to have given the information that lead to the attack.

"With respect to the above information, on behalf of Ekelga Federated Youth Council, the apex youth body of our dear local government, we sympathize with the Nigerian military for the loss of their men.

"In the same vein, we condemn in totality the barbaric act perpretated by the unkown gunmen and we also want to use this medium to condemn the unlawful act by the Nigerian military for destroying properties they ought to protect than taking laws into their hands. We also call on other security agencies to investigate this incident and restore law and order to Letugbene community.

"Further more, we are also calling on our leaders at the LGA, state and federal government to come to the aid of inhabitants of Letugbene community who have lost valuable properties and are in fear for their lives."

There were reports that five others including a journalist were injured following the invasion of the secretariat by the hoodlums who came to disrupt the inauguration of the new state acting chairman of the party, Hon Joseph Fafi.

One of those killed in the attack was identified as an APC member from Sagbama local council area of the state, while the other was said to be a hawker.

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Source: naij.com

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