Panic grips Christians in Rivers over alleged planned attacks on New Year crossover night

Panic grips Christians in Rivers over alleged planned attacks on New Year crossover night

- There is a palpable tension among Christians in Rivers state as hoodlums allegedly plan to attack Diobu community on New Year eve

- Amatari Bipeledei, the secretary of Diobu vigilante group, said that hoodlums in the area have perfected plans to violently attack worshipers during crossover night on December 31

- Rivers state police command has, however, assured that there would be adequate measures for all round security in flash points, including Diobu axis of the state

The Christians in Port Harcourt, especially those residing in crime-prone densely populated Diobu axis have expressed worry over the caution given by the secretary of Diobu Vigilante Group (DVG), Amatari Bipeledei, that hoodlums in the area have perfected plans to violently attack them during crossover night on December 31.

Legit.ng regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, reports that he claimed that intelligence report available to the vigilante group showed that hoodlums in the area have concluded plans to violently rob them of valuables like phones, wristwatches, Ipads, earings, bangles, other Jewelries and sna.tch people's cars.

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It was gathered that Bipeledie, who was said to have been a target of a failed assassination attempt on September 20, said: "From the available information, hoodlums, especially cultists have perfected plans to rob Christians who have plans to participate in the 2018 crossover night into the new year. They should not carry valuables that could be target of attack just as it happened last year."

Diobu axis of Pot Harcourt has been a hot bed of rival cult clashes, leading to loses of lives. Businesses close as early as 5pm to avoid being violently mugged.

Bipeledie, however, pleaded with the state government to fund the vigilantes and intelligence gathering for security agencies and neighbourhood watch.

He stated that his desire to fight insecurity is not a selfish one but is borne out of passion and love for the people of the area.

The group's scribe also urged the people residing and doing business in the area to always give timely and useful information to security agencies as fighting criminality requires concerted and collective effort.

It would be recalled that 23 Christian faithfuls who were returning from the crossover night on the 2018 new year eve were killed by the notorious militant leader, Don Wanny, in Omoku, in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni local government area of the state.

Don Wanny, his brother and his lieutenants were later hunted down in his hideout in Enugu and other places by federal forces.

The Rivers state police command through its spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni had assured that there would be adequate measures for all round security in flash points, including Diobu axis of the state.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that unknown gunmen killed Jonah Chu, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Onne, Eleme local government area, Rivers state.

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It was reported that the gunmen stormed the community and killed the APC chieftain. Five persons were also killed by gunmen in a separate attack in Adada-Odua community, Abua/Odua local government area of same state.

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