Residents flee Bayelsa community over fear of reprisal as gunmen kill soldier
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Indigenes of communities under Apoi clan, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, in Bayelsa State, have started fleeing their homes for fear of a reprisal attack by the military following the killing of a soldier by gunmen on Monday.

The killing is coming a few days after ND REPORTERS reported an attack by unidentified gunmen on a team of NSCDC personnel.

The gunmen had engaged the NSCDC personnel in a gun battle leading to the loss of weapons and abduction of one officer in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state.

ND REPORTERS, also gathered that there is now fear among residents over an alleged plan to invade Azuzuama and its surrounding communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State by Military personnel.

It was also gathered that the military officer was engaged in pipeline surveillance in the area before he was killed by his assailants.

As at the time of filing in this report, military authorities of the 16 Brigade in Yenagoa are yet to issue any statement concerning the incident, as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) could not be reached for comments.

A reliable source in Azuzuama Community told ND REPORTERS that some citizens and residents have started fleeing the village for fear of a reprisal attack by the military.

According to the source who craved anonymity, “people have started running away from their communities for fear of reprisal by the military because they have heard what happened to other communities where such ugly incidents have taken place in the past.

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) Southern Ijaw Chapter has condemned the killing of the officer.

MOSIEND described the killing as barbaric and promised to assist in the investigation to fish out those behind the dastardly act.

The body appealed to military authorities not to carry out any reprisal attack on the communities, as those behind the killing will be brought to justice.

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