Soldiers burn houses in Rivers community

Written by on August 9, 2019

Soldiers of the Nigerian Army have allegedly invaded and burnt down houses in the Kalaekuleama community, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The invasion of the community and the sacking of some residents, it was learnt, followed the suspension of oil bunkering activities in the community.

A chief in the area, Joel Asobari,during an interview with the newsmen said that it was not true that the community was harbouring illegal oil bunkering operators and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter.

He said the soldiers assaulted him and also shot indiscriminately in the community and sacked many of the residents.

“When they came, they said the residents should vacate the community because they wanted to burn down the houses. They went into action without listening to our pleas and rendered us homeless.

“We are pleading with the government to come to our aid. We are now without clothes and we are homeless.”

Asobari explained that despite pleas the soldiers burnt down the community, adding that the only school in the area was also affected.

“The only school that we built has been burnt to ashes; now, our children have no school again. We want the government to intervene and help us out,” he added.


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