Unidentified gunmen have killed a soldier and made away with his service rifle in a border town between Apoi and Azuzuama communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The incident, which reportedly occurred on Monday evening, has thrown the two communities into panic over looming fear of military retaliation and possible invasion.
Many indigenes and citizens of the communities had been stated to have fled to close by groups and a few to the nation capital, Yenagoa.
It became learnt that some citizens who’ve no relatives within the neighbouring communities have gone to hide in the forests to break out any imminent invasion with the aid of infantrymen.
It turned into accumulated that the murdered soldier turned into on an professional responsibility to Apoi network for a pipeline surveillance process whilst he become gunned down.
He became said to were killed in the bush between the boundary of Apoi and Azuzuama communities, in which there may be a pipeline.
The assailants reportedly carted away along with his AK forty seven rifle earlier than network participants got to the spot.
Sources in Apoi and Azuzuama groups confirmed that some citizens had started out fleeing the community for worry of reprisals through the navy.
A supply, who spoke in self belief, said: “People have started out running faraway from their communities for fear of reprisals by using the army. This is due to the fact they have heard what occurred to different communities wherein such unsightly incidents have taken area within the past.”
Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC) Apoi, Jephter Keme, showed the improvement and said that fears have enveloped the groups.
He stated that ratings of community contributors had fled the town to neighboring groups as of Tuesday.
He, but, said the management of the community changed into operating with the navy government to perceive and fish out the killers.
Keme said: “We are beneath tension and stressed since the incident came about. We are peace loving network and we’re running with the relevant government to convey the soldier’s killers to e-book.
“No indigenes of Apoi can carry out such heinous crime. I trust that folks that completed the evil act are not from Apoi community.”
The Public Relations Officer, sixteen Brigade, Nigerian Army, Captain Tonye Wenke, stated efforts had been directly to attain out to the suitable quarters to affirm the incident.
Spokesman for the joint military task force within the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Major Victor Olukoya, said handiest the headquarters of the Nigerian Army ought to communicate on the difficulty.
“It is an operational difficulty and problems that need to do with operations are directed to Directorate of Media Operation in Abuja,” he said.
But reacting to the improvement, the management of the Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality inside the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), Apoi Clan, has condemned the act, describing it as barbaric and inhuman.
Chairman, MOSIEND, Apoi clan, Comrade Fidelis Duba, known as on hoodlums working within the Apoi creek and other regions to desist from such nefarious sports, assuring the security corporations that the clan could paintings with them to fish out the culprits.