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Panic as soldiers invade Rivers community, raze 15 houses

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 28, 2017, 05:08:12 AM
PORT HARCOURT—There is pandemonium in Touma community, Bille Kingdom of Degema Local Government Area, Rivers State, following the invasion of the area by armed men believed to be personnel of the Nigerian Army.

It was gathered that security personnel alleged to be operatives of the Joint Military Task Force, JTF, stormed the community with heavy gunfire, on Monday, burnt down 15 houses and left several people with bullet wounds.

Four days after the incident, residents of the community are still on the run for fear and alleged report that the military would return to attack more communities in the kingdom.

It was gathered  that unknown gunmen had last week attacked an Army House Boat stationed in Touma and killed three persons, two civilians and a military man. It is believed that the military invasion was a reprisal attack.

Mr. Akpoebi Dino, who ran out of the community during the incident, said: “It was around 10 a.m., on Monday when we saw over seven gunboats arrive the area. When they got to our community, they started shooting into the community. They wounded many people and  burnt down over 15 houses.

“Hoodlums who are not from our area attacked one of their camps around our community. Because of that, they (Army) said our community connived with the criminals to attack them. We don’t know what they mean by that.

“We have been living happily with soldiers in the area, we don’t know the cause of the sudden change. When the unknown gunmen attacked the military base, the community helped to take those who sustained bullet wounds to the hospital and deposited about three corpses in the mortuary.”

Also, the Bille Kingdom in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, by the Chairman, Community Development Committee, Asatubo Kemuel, and the Youth President, Obirabi Sylvanus, described the invasion as unwarranted and expressed fear over reports of further attacks by the military.

The statement said:  “Residents of Touma community are forced to flee for safety and at present, many persons are reportedly missing. At least, one person, Mr. Profit Joseph, a resident of Touma community sustained bullet injuries from gunshot by the soldiers. It is alleged that there are also plans to invade and burn down other communities in Bille Kingdom, namely Jike-ama, Kirikama, Gogobo-ama, Opu Bille Bokoama, etc.

“We wish to put it on record that Bille people, and Touma in particular, have not and will never attack any Army or other security personnel. We, therefore, strongly condemn this unprecedented attack and maltreatment of innocent civilians, and wanton destruction of properties.”

Meantime, all the Army authorities contacted at press time declined comment on the incident. The Public Relations Officer of the 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Col. Aminu Ilyasu, told Vanguard that the JTF PRO was in a position to comment on the issue. When contacted,  the acting PRO of  JTF, Lieut. Commander Otuji, kept sealed lips.

Similarly, the Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said he would get back to this reporter when he was briefed by the District Police Officer in Bille on the alleged invasion .

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Re: Panic as soldiers invade Rivers community, raze 15 houses

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 28, 2017, 05:10:05 AM
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“Hoodlums who are not from our area attacked one of their camps around our community. Because of that, they (Army) said our community connived with the criminals to attack them. We don’t know what they mean by that.

“We have been living happily with soldiers in the area, we don’t know the cause of the sudden change. When the unknown gunmen attacked the military base, the community helped to take those who sustained bullet wounds to the hospital and deposited about three corpses in the mortuary.

Just how things work in Nigeria.

Re: Panic as soldiers invade Rivers community, raze 15 houses

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : July 28, 2017, 08:52:02 AM
Just how things work in Nigeria.

One of the reasons for our misfortune.

The "poor" dare not retaliate even when they're cheated. But the "powerful" must hold someone responsible for their ordeals even if their "victim" did no wrong; they're angry and someone must feel the wrath...


Re: Panic as soldiers invade Rivers community, raze 15 houses

By: Gideon |Time : July 28, 2017, 09:22:13 AM
It is very wrong for the soldiers to engage in this destructive action which will definitely bring negative image about our military authorities.... The head of the military should carry out an investigation and prosecute those who carried out this act...

Re: Panic as soldiers invade Rivers community, raze 15 houses

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : July 29, 2017, 06:16:09 AM
Although the attack on the military personnel is a condemnable act but the one on the community is worse. The urge to take advantage of the powerless is high in this country

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