Again, security agents invade Ogoni community

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A combined team of security operatives in the early hours of Sunday invaded Yeghe community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Some indigenes of the Ogoni community were said to have been injured, while some of them were also arrested by the security operatives comprising of police and soldiers.

Yeghe community was recently invaded by armed security operatives.

A community source told The PUNCH that the soldiers and policemen shot sporadically for several hours starting from about 4am.

It was learnt that Sunday’s operation by the security operatives was part of the search for a former militant leader, Solomon Ndigbara, also known as Osama bin Ladin.

It was also gathered that the development had forced some indigenes of the area to flee Yeghe community in order to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

The community source, who is from Yeghe, explained that one Samuel and his wife could not be found after the raid, adding that blood stains were found in one of the couple’s rooms.

He said, “Again, the whereabouts of John Gbarazia is unknown. We don’t even know if he is alive or dead. An eyewitness said he (Gbaraia) was shot.

“Barikui, Suanu, Sorbarikor and Barikpoa Diih, who were arrested, have been released this (Sunday) evening. The combined team of security operatives came to Yeghe community in Gokana Local Government Area.

“Doors were smashed, properties were destroyed. We are peaceful people and we don’t want soldiers and other security agents to raid our community again. This is about the fourth time our community would be invaded.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to come to our rescue and save us from politicians, who want to use our community as a battle field. We are peace-loving people and do not deserve this invasion.”

Meanwhile, the Civil Liberties Organisation in the South-South has condemned the renewed invasion of Yeghe community by security operatives.

The CLO expressed its disagreement with the action of security operatives in a statement signed by it South-South Chairman, Chinedu Karl Uchegbu; Director, Styvn Obodoekwe and the Deputy Director of Communications, Livingstone Wechie

According to the statement, “The CLO got calls from members of Yeghe community on Saturday about suspicions of military attack, which they alleged was masterminded by certain known desperate political fellows from Ogoni.

“Just this Sunday by 4am, the army and other security agencies allegedly invaded the same endangered Yeghe community again in about 12 trucks of heavily armed soldiers, shooting sporadically for more than two hours, torched two houses belonging to one Mr. Boy Tore and that of his son named Mr. New Tore.”

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, told our correspondent that he had not been briefed on the security operation in Ogoni.

He promised to speak on the matter after getting across to those involved in the operation.

Source: Punch

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