Information emerged on Friday that gunmen allegedly killed two soldiers attached to the Ekaago-Ogboloma-Adada Road project in the Abia/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The miscreants were also said to have abducted an expatriate, and three others working at the site of the project, being executed by the state government on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the two soldiers were killed by the gunmen to pave the way for the abduction of the foreman, a foreigner handling the project.
It was further gathered that the assailants went away with the rifles of the slain soldiers and whisked the foreman, three other workers at the project site, and a farmer they met while fleeing.
A community source, who pleaded anonymity for fear of being identified, told journalists that after taking their captives, the hoodlums shot aimlessly into the air before escaping through a nearby river in the Akani community in Abua/Odual LGA.
The source stated that following the development, residents of Emelego, Ogboloma, and Okolomade communities fled out of fear.
The source stated, “Some hoodlums came to the Ogboloma road construction site on Tuesday to kidnap the white manhandling the road project. They laid an ambush and waited for them to resume duty. So, they shot and killed the two personnel on sighting the army.
“They also kidnapped the foreman, three other workers, and one farmer who was returning from the farm in the Ogboloma community. They took away the soldiers’ rifles and escaped through Esala River after serious shooting.”
“With this, the army came to make some arrests in Emelego and Ogboloma communities, but we all live in fear. We all have been sleeping in the bush; there is panic everywhere because we don’t know the next move the army will make.”
Efforts to reach the 6 Division, Nigeria Army spokesperson, Port Harcourt, Lt.-Col Iweha Ikedishi, proved abortive as he did not answer calls put across to his mobile phone. Also, he had yet to reply to a text message sent to him when filing this report on Friday evening.
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