The 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army has denied burning down houses at Azagbene community in Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa state following the killing of two soldiers.
Spokesman of the 16 brigade of the Nigeria Army Major Jonah Danjuma in an interview with our man in Yenagoa OYINS EGRENBIDO via the telephone said two soldiers were killed by militants from the community while several others are still missing and said the troops were only searching for the their colleagues with the assistance of community leaders.
Over twenty houses were allegedly burnt down by men of the Nigerian Army following the killings of two soldiers by suspected militants from the area
Meanwhile, the Federal/ lawmaker representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and a governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Fred Agbedi, has condemned the killing of two army officers by some suspected criminal elements in Azagbene, Ekeremor local government area.
Chief Fred Agbedi commiserated with families of the deceased soldiers and the Nigerian Army over the killings, which according to him is dastardly and barbaric.
Chief Agbedi who described the Nigerian Army as highly professional and internationally respected called for restraint while urging them to be guided by the rules of engagement and allow the law to take its course by apprehending and prosecuting the suspects; rather than the destruction spree that has rendered several families homeless and exposed them to avoidable hardship in the face of difficult economic situation.
Also the leadership of the Central zone of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) led by Kennedy Olorogun has condemned in strong terms the killing of two men of the Nigeria Army by unknown gunmen at Azagbene Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Comrade Olorogun in a press statement regretted that the killing of the soldiers by the hoodlums have resulted to the attack on Azagbene community by the Nigeria Army destroying properties of innocent indigenes.
While condemning the barbaric act, the IYC equally called on the Nigeria Army to be civil in her action mostly on the areas of destruction of life and property of the innocent Azagbene people, and go after the culprits.