Monday, June 17, 2019

Suspected oil thieves kill soldier, two NSCDC officials in Rivers

A soldier and two personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were killed on Saturday by suspected members of an oil bunkering syndicate in the Gio community, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The security officials were manning an oil pipeline in the area before they were shot by the bandits.
A source told our correspondent that the hoodlums carted away guns belonging to the soldier and NSCDC personnel after killing them.
It was gathered that the development prompted some soldiers to storm Gio n what looked like a reprisal.
One of the hoodlums from B-Dere in the Gokana Local Government Area of the state was said to have been shot dead by the soldiers on Sunday at an undisclosed place in Tai.
A source in the area said apart from Gio, two other communities, K-Dere and B-Dere in Gokana were also raided by the angry soldiers.
The source stated, “Heavily armed soldiers from the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army are raiding, destroying houses and shooting sporadically in the Gio community and other areas in the Tai Local Government Area (Ogoniland) of Rivers State.
“There were reports that a gang, suspected to comprise oil thieves/cultists, attacked the NSCDC and army personnel guarding an oil pipeline near the main tarred road that leads to the embattled Gio.
“One soldier, two NSCDC officials were killed and their guns taken away by the rampaging criminals last night (Saturday). Today (Sunday), the soldiers and NSCDC personnel invaded the area to avenge their men’s death.


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