- The military who were on peace mission have allegedly attacked members of an Ondo community
- The soldiers who allegedly invaded the community, burned down several houses and killed an unspecified number of people
- Soldiers under Operation Safe Delta had attacked militants in the creek of the community, killing the leader, Ossy Ibori
The military who were on peace mission in Ajakpa community in Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo state have allegedly attacked members of the community, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the soldiers who allegedly invaded the community on Wednesday morning, May 3, burned down several houses and killed an unspecified number of people.
Soldiers under Operation Safe Delta On Monday, May 1, attacked militants in the creek of the community, killing the leader, Ossy Ibori, and 15 members of the group. Some other security agents remained in the area to ensure normalcy to the community.
Three soldiers reportedly lost their lives and many were injured in the incident.
However the soldiers allegedly went haywire on Wednesday, killing the residents and burning down their houses.
Tonye Ebitibituwa, one of the leaders of the Ajakpa community, confirmed the incident, saying only the churches were not torched by the invaders.
He said: “This morning (Wednesday), the military men came to the community with six gunboats and attacked our community. They set the whole town ablaze. The Ajakpa community did not support the killing of soldiers by Ibori’s gang.
“Also the community was not in any way support nor encourage the act of Ibori but the ongoing action of the military wear no human face, setting the community on fire is unnecessary. In order to manage the collateral damage, the military to be human with us.”
Captain Ojo Adelegan, the Public Relations Officer of the 32 Artillery Brigade, however denied the allegation. He said the soldiers that were deployed in the community could not involve in any unprofessional conduct on the field.
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