Two people were feared killed yesterday when soldiers purportedly on a revenge mission invaded Nembe, a sleepy community in Bayelsa state.
It was gathered that the build-up to this stage for the community began April this year when unknown gunmen attacked a military base and allegedly killed three soldiers in the process.
Rattled by the action, King Edmund Daukoru, the Mingi XII Amanyanabo of Nembe Kingdom summoned all the chiefs and elders of the community to an urgent meeting.
At the end of the meeting, the elders and chiefs decried the attack by unknown gunmen who are yet to claim any affiliation with any militant group.
According to a statement, “the kingdom also condemns the heinous act which is capable of casting the peace loving people of Nembe in bad light and thus potentially misrepresenting the very cordial welcome that the Joint Task Force and other law enforcement agents have enjoyed in Nembe over the years.”
It was, however, gathered that the mastermind behind the attack of the military base was among the two other suspects killed by soldiers.
Bayelsa Security Taskforce led by an ex-militant leader, Master Ukparasia Africanus, based on intelligence tipoff, worked with the army to arrest the suspects at Ologbobiri community in the southern Ijaw local government area, a source said.
But, those arrested have been handed over to Operation Delta Safe Command officials while the deceased were deposited at the nearest mogue.