Natives and residents of Ndele Community in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State have fled their village in their numbers over fears of reprisal attacks from operatives of the Nigerian Army, Channels Television reported.
Two of the soldiers who were deployed to guard crude oil pipeline installations in the area were allegedly attacked and disarmed by some members of a local vigilante group in the local government on Saturday night, according to the report.
The local government chairman, Chidi Lloyd who confirmed the incident to Channels Television said, “Yes, I am aware that soldiers have laid siege to Ndele community. When I investigated further, I was told that there is a notorious criminal there who disarmed two soldiers and took their rifles. When you disarm a Nigerian soldier you must expect collateral damage.”
He said that he s not aware of any casualties, adding he “still investigating.”
The Commander General of the State Vigilante Group – better known as OSPAC – Kingsley ‘Manor’ Oguwmike said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.
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