The Nigerian military has invaded Letugbene in Ekeremor Local Government area of Bayelsa razed down several houses and destroyed properties as indigenes in the community’s scamper for safety and fled their homes into the bush to take refuge.
Monarch of Bilabiri Kingdom, Paul Brakere-Seide, was said to be among buildings burnt down by the rampaging Nigerian soldiers.
The soldiers were said to be on a manhunt for the suspected “pirates” who killed four Nigerian Navy operatives and abducted three foreign sailors on board an oil dredger named MV AMBIKA on January 6 along the Ramos River.
The military invasion, which happened in the early hours of Friday, took members of the communities unawares but many hurriedly fled and abandoned their homes.
The military operatives were said to have stormed the communities in 16 military gunboats and shot sporadically, burning down some houses in both communities, including the king’s palace and those of suspected ex-militants.
It could not be confirmed if any arrests were made as calls to the mobile phone of the spokesman for the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta codenamed Operation Delta Safe, Major John Unuakhalu, did not connect.
Also, the spokesman for the 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, Major Jonah Danjuma, could not answer call to his mobile phone. He had yet to reply to a text message by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.