JTF moves to quell Rivers communal crisis
The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Rivers State has deployed troops to Ibaa in Emohua LGA of Rivers State to quell a communal crisis which was triggered by a chieftaincy tussle in January.
Daily Trust gathered that no fewer than three persons have been killed in the mayhem in the past three months. The crisis has paralysed economic and social activities in the area as schools, hospital and markets have been shut down after the people fled to take refuge in neighbouring communities.
Rival cult groups, the Islanders and Icelanders, backing the two opposing camps in the chieftaincy tussle, had been terrorising the community.
Conducting newsmen round the community yesterday, spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Col. Mustapha Anka, said the soldiers were deployed because hoodlums had been involved in various crimes including cutting of oil pipelines.
He said the Commander of the JTF, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, visited the area at the weekend to see things by himself in company of other component heads of the JTF.
He said the JTF was working in collaboration with other security agencies to restore peace and normalcy in the community and confirmed that intelligence indicated that members of the two rival cult groups were involved in nefarious activities including criminalities that have to do with oil installations.
Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan (right), blessing the ‘Oil of the Sick’ during the Chrism Mass at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic ProCathedral in Abuja yesterday.