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Killing Of Soldiers: Abonnema Monarch Denounces Killing, Absolves Subjects

…Urges Fleeing Residents To Return Home

… As AKULGA PDP, Chiefs' Council Condemn Action

The Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel has condemned the killing of two soldiers in the community last weekend by unknown gunmen, describing the action as barbaric and disheartening.

…Urges Fleeing Residents To Return Home

… As AKULGA PDP, Chiefs' Council Condemn Action

The Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel has condemned the killing of two soldiers in the community last weekend by unknown gunmen, describing the action as barbaric and disheartening.

The Abonnema monarch, who was reacting to the gory incident which came on the heels of the killing of an army lieutenant in the community during the rescheduled Presidential election last week, however

said the killers of the military men were not from his community.

He asserted: “The information I am getting is that criminal elements attacked the military check points between Obonoma and Abonnema and killed soldiers.

”We are taken aback at this news, we condemn it in its entirety, this is not the attitude of our people because we have lived with the military for years.

 “We are shocked about these attacks on military, I am telling you that the people who killed the military men are not our people. They are criminals who invade our community from time to time for oil bunkering and stealing of other valuables.

“They are bandits who cause us trouble; we are pained by the development. We have asked our people to be vigilant and report any ties for fear of reprisal attack by the army, to return home, adding that the army presence in Abonnema was for peace keeping and not to kill the people.

suspicious person to us and the security so that they will be arrested”, he said, and urged all those who have fled to neighbouring communities for fear of reprisal attack by the army, to return home, adding that the army presence in Abonnema was for peace keeping and not to kill the people.

Meanwhile, the Akuku-Toru chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined in condemning the killing of military men in the area.

Chairman of the party in the area, Hon. Ere Manuel said the recent spate of killings and wanton destruction of properties in the area should be condemned by all people of good conscience. 

The AKULGA PDP Chairman, in a statement expressed worries over the killing, describing it as a calculated attempt by enemies of democracy to cause panic, fear and restiveness ahead of the Governorship and State Assembly election coming up on Saturday.

While calling on law enforcement agencies to lection, and called for unbiased protection of voters by security agencies.

properly investigate the killing rather than victimizing innocent persons who had since been chased out of the community, Manuel expressed readiness of his party to participate in the forth coming election, and called for unbiased protection of voters by security agencies.

Similarly, the Chairman, Obonoma Council of Chiefs and the paramount ruler of Agu group of House, High-Chief Philip Brown Agu, has slammed the killing of soldiers, which he described as very unfortunate.

Agu expressed regrets that angry soldiers have taken over the community, pleading with the Nigerian Army to caution its men.

He said: “I got the information that the gunmen, who are not from my place, killed military men. My  “Obonoma has been a peaceful place and we do not harbour criminals, but because of the incident of 23 February, where some people that we do not know killed army men, we now live in fear.

people are now living in fear because of the incident. “Obonoma has been a peaceful place and we do not harbour criminals, but because of the incident of 23 February, where some people that we do not know killed army men, we now live in fear.

“We are not happy with the demise of the army men that were killed. I condemn this development. Nobody has the right to take the life of another person. “I am pleading with the Nigerian Army to call their men to order. I hear that Army is now on rampage in my community and it is bad. My subjects are now leaving in fear,” he added.