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Baby, three others killed as military invades Bayelsa community

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Here was uproar yesterday in Bayelsa State over the killing of a six months old baby, her mother and two others by armed soldiers during a security operation at the Oluasiri Clan in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

The incident, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday, according to the Oluasiri community, claimed one Wilson Patason, Beauty Christian Gamage and her baby. Many others were also left with various levels of injuries.

Till now, the authorities of the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) have not responded to The Guardian’s inquiries.

Phones call to Major Ibrahim Abdullahi, its spokesman was not going through but security sources confirmed that an operation was launched to dislodge the suspected militants and sea pirates hiding in the community.

While the source claimed the soldiers opened fire into the community following gun shot attacks from the suspected militants, the indigenes of the community debunked the claim and insisted that the attack was unprovoked.

A community member who pled anonymity said that truly some suspected sea pirates and militants had forcefully been residing within the community, “but as we all know, these boys also pay some military men who tipped them of the impending raid and had fled the community before the soldiers arrived.

The Soldiers arrived in six-gun boats and started shooting indiscriminately. It is really sad and unprofessional.”

The community, in a statement jointly signed by the President of Oluasiri Development Union, Gamage Difurotogu, and the President of Oluasiri Youth Federation, Kienworio Tanga, the people of Oluasiri called on the Federal Government and Civil Liberty Organisations (CLO) to carry out an investigation in order to unravel the mysteries behind the incidence.


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