Gun­men at­tack mil­i­tary post in Bayelsa, kill oil worker

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Eze, Ye­nagoa

Gun­men at the week­end at­tacked a mil­i­tary post at Kolo Creek in Og­bia LGA of Bayelsa State and took away arms and am­mu­ni­tion but the spokesman of the Joint Task Force, Op­er­a­tion Pulo Shield, Lt. Col Isa Ado, could not con­firm the seizure, say­ing he will only re­act when he gets to the JTF head­quar­ters.

It was gath­ered that the in­ci­dent which took sol­diers on guard at the Shell Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (SPDC) gas fa­cil­ity un­awares, led to the death of an oil worker.

Mr Austin Ikechukwu Igwe, an un­cle of the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant (SSA) to the chair­man of the Niger Delta De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (NDDC) on Youths, Ge­orge Turner, was caught in the cross fire while leav­ing the gas com­plex.

Our cor­re­spon­dent learnt that the author­i­ties of the Op­er­a­tion Pulo Shield have com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the in­ci­dent.

Sources said the gun­men who ar­rived the area in a black SUV stormed the post and took away the arms and am­mu­ni­tion.

“What we learnt was that the gun­men who drove in an SUV stopped close to the army post, walked into the post and dis­man­tled a Gen­eral Pur­pose Ma­chine Gun (GPMG). They took it and other ri­fles and am­mu­ni­tion, en­tered their ve­hi­cle and zoomed source said.

The chair­man of Ijaw Youth Coun­cil (IYC), Og­bia Clan, Mr. Osanya B. Osanya, con­demned the at­tack and urged se­cu­rity agen­cies to be vig­i­lant, es­pe­cially in view of the com­ing elec­tions in the state, say­ing some politi­cians were des­per­ate and could do any­thing, in­clud­ing spon­sor­ing vi­o­lence and blood­shed to win the elec­tion.

“The lead­er­ship un­der my watch will as a mat­ter of im­por­tance part­ner with se­cu­rity agen­cies to rid our coun­cil of crim­i­nal­ity. We also ad­vise our youths to be at alert and not al­low some politi­cians to use them as will­ing tools to de­stroy our coun­cil”, he said.

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