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Three Dead, Residents Take to Their Heels, as Military & Police Raid Rivers Communities

On Sunday, during a joint security operation in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, two persons were injured while three were feared dead.

It was gathered that the operation was carried our by the Military, the Nigerian Police and men of the Andoni Security Peace and Advisory Council.
The Andoni communities raided were Ajakajak, Ibot-Irem, Samanga, Dema, Oturia, and Otuafu, it was gathered.

Eye witnesses said the security forces came in on gunboats while people were preparing for church and that they were searching for some criminals in the area.

They also alleged that gunshots were heard.

In a chat with the President General of the Obolo Youths Coalition, Ijaonama Mkpon Amon, he revealed that the casualties were from his community of Ajakajak. He however added that the two persons who sustained injuries were from Ibot-Irem Community.

Among condemned the raid, saying “Obolo is an ethnic group that cuts across Rivers and Akwa Ibom as well as some parts of Abia States. The military should understand that Ajakajak is a community and not a family if they were looking for a particular person.”

“More than two thousand people live in that community. If you are coming to raid a community, it should be on target, not zigzag raiding. The three persons who died are from Ajakajak, my community.”

“They (security operatives) need to work with the community people to differentiate innocent residents from those involved in criminal activities instead of raiding the entire area.”

“This raid is condemnable and I call on the Inspector General of Police and the Chief of Army Staff to intervene and investigate this incident. They should tell their men not to make Andoni a war zone and for them to stop brutalising our people.”

When contacted, spokesman for 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Major Charles Ekeocha, said the raid was not carried out by soldiers of the division.

“Well, what happened was that we (6 Division) did not carry out that operation. Maybe another security agency did,” Ekeocha stated.

On his part, spokesman for the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, did not pick his calls neither did he reply to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

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