Army Confirms Death Of Soldier In Abonnema Violence
The army has confirmed the death of one soldier among the seven people it said had lost their lives after a clash with thugs in Abonnema, Rivers State.
According to a statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, the incident occurred on Saturday when troops of 6 Division were attacked by hoodlums.
The army claimed the attack was pre-planned and carried out between Charles and Bob-Manuel’s compounds in Abonnema Town at about 1:00pm.
Musa explained that 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 unsuspecting troops when they attempted to remove the barricade”.
The troops are reported to have fought their way through the siege and in the process killed six of the assailants. However, a lieutenant died in the encounter.
According to the army, a 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 attack.