Panic As 14 Murdered, Many Injured In Ogoni Community

Panic As 14 Murdered, Many Injured In Ogoni Community
Six abducted in Andoni area
 
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
 
More than fourteen people yesterday feared dead and many got injured in Sime community,   Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State after unknown gunmen invaded the area.
 
  The invaded community is the hometown of the People Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant, Hon. Jacobson Mbina who had raised alarm recently over security in the area.
 
The same day six people were also abducted  in Andoni Local Government Area of the state and there were many casualties who got various degree of wound during the operation.
 
Our correspondent gathered that in Ogoni unknown gunmen invaded the community, shooting sporadically which left fourteen people killed and several others with bullet wounds.
 
An eyewitness within the Local Government Area   who simply gives his name as Friday said the the remains of the victims have been deposited at mortuary.
 
He said the unknown gunmen invaded the houses of their target, shot them and operated for hours before fleeing the scene.
 
Friday said: “This is what happened this evening, some unknown gunmen entered the community and started shooting and people were running from one direction to another. It was after the shooting had ended that we got to know that more than eleven people have been murdered.
 
“We can’t identify the real number of people that have been confirmed dead, many people got bullet wound. The people are living in anxiety. This is not the first time this evil men are killing people in Ogoni land.”   
 
 
The National Coordinator Ogoni Solidarity Forum (OSF) Comrade Celestine AkpoBari said OSF and the entire Ogoni people have condemned the incessant killing taking place in Ogoni area and other part of Rivers State.
 
He called on the Rivers State government to protect the lives of Ogoni people  and that of the people of Rivers State, adding that residents of the state are no longer comfortable with the way “people were being slaughtered like animals.
 
AkpoBari said: “We are not happy and Rivers people are not happy that we wake up in the morning on daily basis hearing one killing or the other. These people are human being; they are not goat or chicken.
 
The government must be proactive on the issue of security to life. We will continue to condemn what is happening in Ogoni land. Ogoni cannot run away from their land. But it is time to come together for the peace and progress of the area. Those who are killing should know that some day they would be killed by someone.       
 
Also in Andoni Local Government Area of the state, no fewer than six people have been abducted by unknown gunmen.
 
A source within the area told our correspondent that the abductors rod on two gunboats and seven speedboats and raided a fishing settlement in Asaramatoru area and escaped  with six of their target. 
 
The source said that the gunman left an unconfirmed number of casualties during the attack to abduct their victims. 
 
When contacted the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer , Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) could not pick his calls. But the detail of the incidents was forwarded to his phone number and he did not reply at the press time.