Ogoni raises alarm about fresh military raid

Posted by Fegalo Nsuke, Bori | 29 February 2016 | 3,736 times

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Following yesterday’s arrival of four military trucks in Bori, the traditional headquarter of the Ogoni people, the paramount ruler of the Bua Yeghe community, Chief Barinaadaa Gbaranee, has raised an alarm of a possible invasion of the community by the Nigerian Army.

Chief Gbaranee spoke yesterday during the visit of Senator Olaka Wogu, former representative of the Rivers South East and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the fourth-coming parliamentary rerun elections in Rivers state.

Chief Gbaranee said the people were full of fear and will return to the bush to avoid the brutality and killings that was meted on them during last week’s raid.

“We are not at war with anybody, nobody is fighting but I can’t understand why the military was drafted in to kill our people,” Chief Gbaranee said yesterday.

In what the Army claimed was targeted at capturing a militant leader in Yeghe, some Ogoni communities were raided last week leading to the death of two pregnant women, killing of traders, students and innocent members of the communities of Yeghe, Zaakpon, Kaani and other surrounding villages in Ogoni.

Although a full report is not yet available, an estimated 42 persons may have lost their lives as the military shot residents during the raid.

Parliamentary re-run elections in Rivers State have been scheduled for March 19, 2016.

Source: News Express

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