- There is tension in Bua-Yeghe community in Gokana local government area of Rivers state over an alleged plot by the military to conduct mass arrest of suspected militants
- The paramount ruler of Bua-Yeghe in Rivers state, Chief Barinada Theophilus, raised an alarm that soldiers had concluded plans to invade the community again
- The Assistant Army Public Relations Officer, Capt. Eli Lazarus, said the army had no plans to invade the community
There is growing tension in Bua-Yeghe community in Gokana local government area of Rivers state over an alleged plot by the military to conduct mass arrest of suspected militants or cultists.
The paramount ruler of Bua-Yeghe, Chief Barinada Theophilus, raised an alarm that soldiers from 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt had concluded plans to invade the community again today.
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Based on the rumour that with deployment of Soldiers in Bori that there is planned mass arrest of residents of the community have fled their homes.
Last week Monday and , soldiers from the 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt had carried out operation in the community in search of ex-militant leader, Solomon Ndigbara. After the operation, the army said no life was lost.
However, when the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, visited the mortuary in Bori, he said that more than nine people were killed during the operation where some people dressed in Army camouflage attacked the soldiers.
The campaign liaison office of Senator Magnus Abe,the APC Senator for Rivers South East,at Bori was burnt by people who alleged that Abe and another chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barry Mpigi, led the soldiers in the invasion of Yeghe community.
The ruler raised the alarm after leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the Rivers South East senatorial district, led by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Kenneth Kobani, paid the community a condolence visit and provide some relief items for victims of the raid.
The monarch urged both the federal and state governments as well as other well-meaning individuals to intervene before the the community comes under the hammer of the military sacked.
He said: “We heard that the army are coming to Yeghe for mass arrest . As I am talking now, there is already four vans loaded with soldiers in Bori.
“We don’t know what their mission is again in this place. We are afraid. If not that today is you wouldn’t have seen anybody around.
“I want to plead with army authorities and the government to help us remove the army because we not fighting war here.”
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The Assistant Army Public Relations Officer, Capt. Eli Lazarus, in reaction to the allegation said the army had no plans to invade the community again.
He also said the presence of soldiers in near-by Bori was a routine exercise as military maintained presence in many communities.
“There is no truth whatsoever about a planned invasion of Yeghe community for mass arrest or anything at all. Indeed, if the army wants to carry out security operation in any community, will it be announced?,” he queried.
On the presence of troops in Bori, Lazarus said: “It is nothing unusual. We are doing our normal security work. We maintain presence in many communities. The troops are on routine patrol. The people do not need to be afraid,” he said.