Three soldiers attached to the Joint Military Force in the Niger Delta, code-named Operation Pulo Shield, have been killed in an ambush by gunmen in Bayelsa State.
The incident happened on Monday night in Foropa, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
It could not be ascertained if the gunmen were from the council or they sneaked in from another area to carry out the surprise attack on the troops.
Residents of the community were said to be fleeing “for fear of military invasion and indiscriminate arrest of innocent persons.” The security outfit was said to have evacuated the bodies of the slain soldiers.
The spokesman of the task force, Col. Isa Ado, could not confirm the incident as calls to his phones did not go through.
Meanwhile, activities at the Rivers State Judiciary headquarters, Port Harcourt were grounded on Tuesday, following the murder of two security guards by unknown gunmen.
The two security personnel, who were simply identified as Promise Umeh and Obinna, were killed by gunmen at about 3am.
The correspondent who visited the scene of the incident reported that the area was cordoned off by armed policemen and anti-bomb squad, while judiciary workers, lawyers and litigants were denied access into the court premises.
The gunmen attacked the unarmed guards with dangerous weapons. Two of the security guards were allegedly killed while one who was seriously injured is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Port Harcourt. The fourth escaped from the scene.
The High Court complex Chief Security Officer, Dabotubo Douglas, said that when he resumed work yesterday morning, he saw blood stains in parts of the building. When he sought the source of the blood, Douglas said that he was told that two of his security guards were killed by suspected gunmen.
The Acting Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt branch, Chief Akuro George, condemned the attack. He said that it was a dehumanised act and desecration of the temple of justice.
The Chief Registrar of the Court, Mrs. Vivienne L. Kobani-Buzugbe, declined comment at the scene of the attack.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, said the police were investigating the killings. Meanwhile, suspected gunmen on Monday night attacked the Port Harcourt Maximum Prisons.
A prison warder said that the gunmen stormed the prisons through the Abuja axis of the Port Harcourt Township, shooting sporadically at about 11pm. He however said that the invaders were repelled by armed prison officials.
As at the time of filing this report, there no confirmation of escape of prisoners or killing.
It could not be ascertained if the gunmen were from the council area or they sneaked in from another environment to carry out the surprise attack on the troops.
Residents of the community were said to be fleeing the community “for fear of military invasion and indiscriminate arrest of innocent persons”.