- Unknown gunmen invade JTF, Customs checkpoints on Owerri Rd
- Police confirms killing of security agents
By Ignatius Chukwu
Rivers State just woke up from a bloody Saturday night breaking Sunday to find attacks that claimed a total of 12 lives from two areas. Eight security operatives from JTF, Customs and Police were killed at three locations on Owerri Road while four suspected cult fighters were killed at same night in Okija Street and D-Line close to Diobu.The police has confirmed this.
Tension has risen in Rivers State as unknown gunmen were suspected to be behind killing of security officers along Owerri Road in Elele and Omagwa areas of the state.
This is as four suspected cult fighters were killed in Diobu at Okija Street area inside Port Harcourt.
Citizens woke up Sunday morning, April 25, 2021, to get messages announcing the killings that allegedly left 12 persons dead.
Photos of ransacked checkpoints were on display, adding to tension as corpses of alleged cult fighters in Diobu were being shared. Many did not know whether or not to proceed to church services.
Sources from the villages said the killings on Owerri Road took place at about 3am breaking Sunday.
It was gathered that the armed men acted simultaneously attacking each check point same time. Some of the security agents were said to have been beheaded while some were set ablaze, signs that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) or Eastern Security Network (ESN) may be behind the dastardly acts.
The Joint Task Force (JTF) checkpoint was said to be major target as three persons were killed there. The Customs point was also attacked leaving three operatives dead, while the police checkpoint lost two. Customs lost a Hilux van in addition.
It was gathered that attempts by the invaders to attack Isiokpo Divisional Police headquarters were rebuffed.
The Rivers State police public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, has just confirmed this, and promised to give details later. Fears had been rife in Rivers State since the attacks in Owerri began two weeks past. Many feared that the state may witness its own share of violence from suspected IPOB/ESN. No group has however claimed responsibility for the Rivers killings.
Many citizens are however asking what the fate of the ordinary Nigerian would soon be if the security agencies that were the hope of the people are now being killed with ease.
The killing in Diobu is said to be part of the ongoing inter-cult war since past 48 hours in Okija and D-Line zone. Warnings had gone out for days against moving about in the zone in the evenings. It is not clear what triggered the inter-cult warfare this time around but many fighters have gone down so far, only for the Mile One police Division to pick bodies every morning.