Soldiers from the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt went berserk over the killing of one of its personnel on Saturday night at Gio-Ogoni in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State and subsequent carting away of his gun by a notorious gang, consisting of cultists and illegal oil bunkerers.
Also affected were two personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command who were killed and had their guns whisked away by the criminals.
An Ogoni elder said “Heavily-armed soldiers from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army are raiding, destroying houses and shooting sporadically in deserted Gio.
“Soldiers broke into houses, destroyed and looted valuable property of the community’s people, as frightened villagers of Gio scampered to safety.
“The soldiers who ransacked Gio later swooped on nearby K-Dere-Ogoni and B-Dere-Ogoni communities in the Gokana LGA of Rivers State, in their ruthless military operation to avenge the death of their man and two civil defence operatives.
“The rampaging soldiers also invaded the Christ Army Church in K-Dere in Gokana LGA, and arrested five worshippers.”
In a related development, the kingpin of the notorious criminal gang, a young man, was also gunned down by the security operatives, as confirmed yesterday evening by the Spokesman of NSCDC, Rivers command, Akin Oguntuase.
Oguntuase also disclosed that the criminal’s body had been moved to Bori, the traditional headquarters of Ogoniland and seat of Khana LGA of Rivers, where it would later be handed over to the police, with NSCDC operatives on standby to witness the handing over.
The murdered security personnel were guarding an oil pipeline, near the main tarred road leading to Gio.
The incident was however confirmed by the Army Public Relations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu.