BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT
No fewer than 10 persons were killed Monday morning when unknown gunmen stormed Mgbuoshimini community in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State.
The incident, which occurred at about 4:00am in the mining came less than four days after two youths were killed by suspected cultists who invaded the community.
When LEADERSHIP visited the community, which hosts the Port Harcourt office of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), a lot of corpses were seen lying in fronts of their houses.
A resident of the community, Alhaji Illiasu Bashir, who spoke to newsmen about the incident, said, “Around 3.30am in the night I started hearing gunshots by Slaughter area in the Mgboshimini at the waterside. So this morning somebody called me that they have killed one of your brothers, when I went there I saw Nasiru who is our security at the Slaughter and when I checked on the other side I saw many corpses, up to eleven corpses.
“There is one uncompleted building behind, I don’t how many persons live there but they killed all of them and burnt the house. They said nobody should touch the corpses until the Commissioner of Police send in his men.”
When contacted, Spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, who also confirmed the incident said security has been detailed to the community to restore calm.
Omoni said, “That was very unfortunate incident. Our men are already there. The cause of the incident is not yet known”, he said, but stated that about ten persons were feared dead. He further stated that those killed may not be target of the attack as most of the victims were traders at the market.
Meanwhile, the authorities of the Obio/Akpor local government area of the state, has called for calm following the attack in Mgbuoshimini community.
Caretaker Chairman of the area, Mrs. Goodnews Clinton-Amadi, who condemned the killings said security men are already on ground to arrest the situation.
Clinton-Amadi called on residents to allow the Police investigate the matter so that the perpetrators can be brought to book.