By Ajogwu Jerry
Reports reaching TheNigerian has confirmed that troops of the Nigerian Army deployed to ensure peaceful elections in River state has successfully dislodged an ambush laid by some political thugs in Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the state.
A statement by the Army spokesman, Col Sagir Musa revealed that the gallant troops were able to counter the assailants thereby killing six of them. However, the troops conceived casualties as a lieutenant and two other soldiers paid the supreme price.
Read part of the statement below:
“Information reaching Headquarters Nigerian Army (NA) revealed that troops of 6 Division on a legitimate duty of protecting lives and properties of law abiding citizens and ensuring a conducive environment for peaceful conduct of 2019 General Elections in Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area (LGA) Rivers State were attacked by some hoodlums.
“The pre-planned attack occurred in between Charles and Bob-Manuel’s compounds in Abonnema Town at about 1:00pm on the 23rd February 2019.
“The attackers barricaded a major road into the town and laid an ambush in the adjoining built-up areas from where they opened fire on our unsuspecting troops when they attempted to remove the barricade.
“The gallant troops fought their way through the siege and in the process killed six of the assailants. However, we lost a lieutenant and two soldiers were wounded in the encounter.
“Preliminary investigation indicated that one Roland Sekibo, – the Chairman Akuku Toru LGA, Omodo – the CSO Akuku Toru LGA and Kenneth of Kula currently at large were the masterminds of the unexpected / unprovoked attack,”.
Col Musa further disclosed that perpetrators of this act must face the wrath of the law.