On Friday, details of the alleged murder of two soldiers working on the Ekaago-Ogboloma-Adada Road project in Rivers State’s Abia/Odual Local Government Area by gunmen became public.
Additionally, it was claimed that the miscreants kidnapped three other people working on the project site as well as an expatriate on Tuesday.
According to reports, the gunmen killed the two troops in order to set up the project’s foreign foreman’s kidnapping.
The attackers, it was further learned, fled the scene carrying the rifles of the dead troops, stealing the foreman, three other project workers, and a farmer they met on the run.
A community source, who pleaded anonymity for fear of being identified, told journalists that the hoodlums, after taking their captives shot aimlessly into the air before escaping through a nearby river in Akani community in Abia/Odual LGA.
The source stated that following the development, residents of Emelego, Ogboloma, and Okolomade communities fled out of fear.
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The source stated, “Some hoodlums came to the Ogboloma road construction site on Tuesday with the intention of kidnapping the white manhandling the road project. They laid an ambush and waited for them to resume duty. So, on sighting the army, they shot and killed the two personnel.
“They also kidnapped the foreman, three other workers, and one farmer who was returning from the farm in Ogboloma community. They took away the rifles of the soldiers and escaped through Esala River after serious shooting.”
“With this, the army came to make some arrests in Emelego and Ogboloma communities but we are all living in fear. We all have been sleeping in the bush; there is panic everywhere because we don’t know the next move the army will make.”
Efforts to reach the spokesperson for the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Lt.-Col Iweha Ikedishi, proved abortive as he did not answer calls put across to his mobile phone. Also, he had yet to reply to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report on Friday evening.
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