Tragedy struck in Ozochi community in Ahoada East Local Government of Rivers State over the weekend as unknown gunmen invaded the community and killed eight persons, including the oldest man in the village. They also destroyed lots of houses, shops and other properties.
According to the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ahoada East LGA, Mr. Britain Ewor, who confirmed the incident, those behind the attack are enemies of the local government area and the entire state.
Speaking through his aide, Monday Oyagiri, Ewor asked troublemakers to stay away from the area as he expressed sympathy with the families of the deceased.
Also, the member representing the area in the state House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, urged security operatives in the state to ensure that those involved in the killings were arrested and punished.
According to an unnamed source, the local government was planning a peace and prayer session to seek God’s intervention to the killings in the area.
Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, the state Police Public Relations Officer who also confirmed the incident stated that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, had deployed a team of armed mobile policemen in the area to avoid further attack.
“Yes, it happened, but the Commissioner of Police in the state has ordered the deployment of armed mobile policemen in the area. As I speak with you, the situation has been brought under control.” He said.