Soldiers storm homes of ex-militants


Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Niger Delta ex-militants
Nigerian Army personnel from 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, have raided the home of an ex-militant leader, Solomon Ndigbara, alias Osama Bin Laden, in Bua-Yeghe Community in Gokana local Government Area in Rivers State.
The raid was carried out by soldiers in ten military trucks on Sunday.
A youth leader in the community, Mr Letom Kukang, alleged that the action of the military men was never a raid but a political witch-hunt of a community peace maker and a well known supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State.
Mr Letom alleged that the home of Ndigbara was ransacked, scattered and two of his wives were whisked away alongside his brothers.
At the time of this report the two wives of the ex-militant had been released while the two brothers of the ex-militant were still being held.
The raids on the houses of ex-militants have pitched the two prominent political parties of All Progressive Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against each other.
Mr Sydney Tambari, the chairman of Khana Local Government Area, said that the soldiers shot sporadically and damaged Ndigbara’s property.
Tambari accused leaders of the APC in Ogoni of being behind the military invasion of Gokana.
He claimed: “We received the shocking news on (Sunday) that the military had besieged this premises. I don’t know which court, where Solomon Ndigbara has been tried and found to be guilty of whichever offence for him to deserve this kind of onslaught. I want to make it clear that this onslaught is on the entire youths of Ogoni,” Tambari added.
In his reaction, the Chairman of Gokana local government area, Austin Sor, described the operation as an onslaught, shocking and unwarranted.
“It is pathetic and a war declared on Chief Solomon Ndigbara and the people of Bua-Yeghe. To me, this is a …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper