Tension in Bayelsa as Angry Soldiers From Delta Burn Houses, Resident Killed

Tension in Bayelsa as Angry Soldiers From Delta Burn Houses, Resident Killed

  • Men of the Nigerian military were said to have opened fire on getting to the Igbomotoru community in Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa state
  • The soldiers were said to be coming from Delta state over the killings of dozens of senior military officers in Okuama community in Delta state
  • According to the source, no more than 11 bodies have been recovered, and several houses are suspected to be the hideout of the mastermind of the heinous crime

Some angry soldiers were said to have stormed the Igbomotoru community in the Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.

During the incident, they allegedly set fire to several houses and tragically claimed the lives of more than 11 individuals.

The development followed the killings of 16 soldiers at the Okuama Community in Delta state on Thursday, March 16.

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Nigerian army officials allegedly kill resident, burn houses in Bayelsa
Army allegedly opened fire on residents in Bayelsa community Photo Credit: Douye Diri
Source: Twitter

According to Daily Trust, the military officers were said to have stormed the community in five gunboats, razing houses suspected to belong to the militant leader who was said to be the mastermind of the killings of the men of the military who were on a peacekeeping mission in Delta state.

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How Niger Delta militant killed soldiers

On Thursday, the militants in the community had killed an army commander, two majors, one captain and 12 soldiers in the Okuama community.

According to the military authority, the victims were officers of the 181 Amphibious Batallion in Bomadi local government area of Delta.

General Christopher Musa, the chief of defence staff, ordered an immediate investigation and arrest of anyone involved in the heinous killing.

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A few days after Musa's order, the people of the Okuama community reportedly ran to a neighbouring community over the fear of a reprisal attack from the soldiers.

Soldiers allegedly burn houses in Delta

Over the weekend, some houses were burnt, and after that, the soldiers reportedly stormed Bayelsa.

According to a source, the troops opened fire immediately after they stormed the community, where some residents were said to be relaxing at the jetty before they set three buildings ablaze. The building was suspected to be the hideout of the militant leader.

The source disclosed that the community had been able to recover 11 bodies from the attack while they continued to search for others.

James Ibori shares army operation in Bayelsa

Meanwhile, a former governor of Delta state, James Ibori, shared pictures of the suspected mastermind of the soldiers killing in a tweet on Monday, March 18.

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The former governor tweeted:

"The camp of the alleged mastermind of the killing of over a dozen soldiers this last weekend was raided in Bayelsa State this morning."

Below is the tweet:

Delta community razed after killing of soldiers

Legit.ng earlier reported that the Delta community where soldiers and a number of senior officers were tragically killed has been razed.

The people of the coastal community were said to have sought shelter in a neighbouring community over fear of reprisal attacks.

Some unknown persons in the community brutally eliminated four senior officers and a dozen operatives of the Nigerian Army.

Source: Legit.ng

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