Troops neutralise armed thugs in Rivers, lose officer

Troops of 6 Division of the Nigerian Army have neutralised six armed thugs after a gun duel in Abonnema, Akuku Toro local government of Rivers state.

In a statement, Army spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa, said: “the troops were on a legitimate duty of protecting lives and properties of law abiding citizens and ensuring a conducive environment for peaceful conduct of elections in the area.

“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 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.”

Iliyasu assured that the perpetrators of the attack would face the wrath of the law.

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