Reprisal Attack: 11  Residents Dead As Soldiers Torch Homes In Bayelsa

In a tragic turn of events, the aftermath of last week’s killing of 16 soldiers and officers in Okuama Community, Delta State, has spilled over into neighbouring Bayelsa State. 

Angry troops of the Nigerian Army descended on Igbomotoru community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, leaving destruction and death in their wake.

Reports indicate that soldiers, arriving in five gunboats, launched a relentless assault on the community, targeting houses suspected to harbor a militant leader believed to be involved in the previous week’s attack on the military personnel. 

Eyewitnesses recount harrowing scenes as troops opened fire on residents at the jetty before setting ablaze several buildings.

The toll of the reprisal attack is staggering, with an estimated 11 lives lost and many more feared missing as the community struggles to recover from the onslaught.

 Residents, already reeling from the earlier violence, find themselves displaced and distraught, facing not only the loss of loved ones but also the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.

In the wake of the tragedy, appeals for intervention resound from the affected community, urging both Federal and State Governments to step in urgently. Residents vehemently deny involvement in the Delta State incident, pleading for assistance from the international community to restore peace and stability to their embattled region.

Efforts to obtain official comment from Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) headquarters were met with silence, as the spokesman, Major Adenegan Ojo, abruptly ended the call upon learning of the journalist’s inquiry. 

Subsequent attempts to reach him proved futile, leaving unanswered questions amidst the devastation wrought by the reprisal attack.

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