Security operatives invaded Yeghe community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Sunday. It was learnt that a team comprising soldiers and policemen stormed the community in the early hours of the day and arrested some community members. A source in the community, which was recently invaded by heavily armed security operatives, said […]
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Security operatives invaded Yeghe community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Sunday.

It was learnt that a team comprising soldiers and policemen stormed the community in the early hours of the day and arrested some community members.

A source in the community, which was recently invaded by heavily armed security operatives, said the the soldiers and policemen shot into the air intermittently for several hours starting from 4am.

Sunday’s operation by the security operatives was part of the search for a former militant leaders, Solomon Ndigbara, also known as Osama bin Ladin.

However, it was gathered that the some indigenes of the community had to flee their home for fear of being hit by stray bullets.

The community source explained that one Samuel and his wife could not be found after the raid, adding that blood stains were found in one of the couple’s rooms.

He said, “Again, the whereabouts of John Gbarazia is unknown. We don’t even know if he is alive or dead.”

He, however, said some of those arrested had been freed.

“Barikui, Suanu, Sorbarikor and Barikpoa Diih, who were arrested, have been released this evening. The combined team of security operatives came to Yeghe community in Gokana Local Government Area,” he said.

He called on the Federal Government to protect the community from politicians, bent on turning the community into a battlefield.

The Civil Liberties Organisation in the South-South has condemned the raid of Yeghe community by security operatives.

The CLO expressed its disagreement with the action of security operatives in a statement by it South-South Chairman, Chinedu Karl Uchegbu; Director, Styvn Obodoekwe and Deputy Director of Communications, Livingstone Wechie

It said, “The CLO got calls from members of Yeghe community on Saturday about suspicions of military attack, which they alleged was masterminded by certain known desperate political fellows from Ogoni.

“Just this Sunday morning by 4am, the Army and other security agencies allegedly invaded the same endangered Yeghe community again in about 12 trucks of heavily armed soldiers, shooting sporadically for more than two hours, torched two houses belonging to one Mr. Boy Tore and that of his son named Mr. New Tore.”

A security source, however, said the operation in Yeghe was led by the police while the Army only gave support.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, told our correspondent that he had not been briefed on the security operation in Ogoni.

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