Militants kill 3 soldiers in Rivers community, residents flee
Residents of Abonema in Rivers State are fleeing their homes, according to a trending video which showed some residents leaving the community with their bags and personal effects.
The video showed scores of young and old marching hotfoot out of the community in fear of reprisal attack by soldiers.
A voice in the video said there was power tussle in Abonema. “Some hoodlums, militants came and killed about three soldiers. People are running away. Abonema is in trouble, the voice said”.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Government has assured residents and the people of Rivers State to ignore rumours peddled by enemies of the state that there will be a violent protest by some disgruntled politicians who have lost relevance in the politics of Rivers State.
Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications Barr Emma Okah said this today in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt.
Okah blamed the plot to scare people or cause any violence in the State on the All Pogressives Congress (APC) and their collaborators.
“The APC in the state has set their only house on fire and since they have no where to go, they have resorted to peddling rumours, scaring people and promoting violence” Okah said, advising that those who are hiring students as tools of protest should first, bring back their children to be in the front line.
Okah said the same persons who inflicted problems upon themselves are now looking for those to blame for their lawlessness and called on the people to remain law abiding and go about their lawful businesses in the State.
He assured that the Rivers State Government will continue to respond to the needs of the people and protect their interest without fear, noting that the mandate of the people given to Govenor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike cannot be toyed with.
“We call on the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to watch any dangerous romance with the APC and invitation to operate as if security agencies are only for them and not for the protection of other Nigerians” Okah said, pointing that no patriotic person will seek the destruction of his State simply because he is unable to force a government of his choice on the people.