- Nigerian Army has been begged not to revenge the alleged killing of three officers by gunmen in in Rivers state
- A traditional ruler in Akuku-Toru local government area said about 5,000 residents of Abonnema have fled their homes for fear of reprisal from the Army
- The federal government and Army have been urged to investigate the incident critically and prosecute those behind the killings in the area
Alabo Tonye Douglas, a traditional ruler in Rivers state, Orubibiye Opuda VI of Abonnema, Akuku-Toru local government area has asked the military to forgive the community due to alleged killing of three soldiers by gunmen.
Vanguard reports that Douglas, a former minister of sports, who made this plea on Monday, March 4, lamented that over 5,000 residents of Abonnema have fled their homes because of fear of reprisal from the Army,
He described the killing of the soldiers as unfortunate, blaming some misguided political gladiators in the area on the development.
The traditional ruler said: “What happened during the presidential and National Assembly elections in Abonnema is unfortunate and we totally apologise to the federal government and the Army.
"In this case of Abonnema, there was huge importation of thugs into the community, causing the security men who were trying to provide security to become casualties.
“We beg the Army to temper justice with mercy. The development has made things difficult. The cost of living has soared.
"We are encouraging our people to stay, but our people are still leaving the community because of fear of reprisal."
He urged the FG and the Army to investigate the incident critically and prosecute those behind the killings in the area.
"The military is a peaceful and disciplined group, that are slow to anger, with strict adherence to its rules of engagements, but when provoked in some peculiar situations, no one can predict their actions.
“Accordingly, the case in question leading to casualties and loss of lives of soldiers in Abonnema imbroglio must be thoroughly investigated and culprits adequately punished without consideration of status and position in the community," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that unknown gunmen killed two soldiers on the evening of Saturday, March 2, in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers state.
The incident reportedly happened in the Obonoma community and the victims were shot by gunmen wearing military uniforms.
The Amanyanabo of Abonnema Kingdom, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, said the gunmen stormed the military checkpoint and killed the officials.
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