Rivers: Tension As Thugs Engage DSS Operatives In Gun Battle, Kills One
Barely few hours to the conduct of the rerun elections in Rivers State, thugs on Friday engaged operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), in a gun battle in the state.
The operatives were intercepted in Egi area of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state?, killing one in the process.
According to reports a team of security operatives were intercepted during their operations in the area ahead Saturday’s rerun elections. The interception reportedly resulted in a fierce gun battle between the security personnel and the hoodlums.
Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, Captain Eli Lazarus, in a statement said the shootout lasted for several hours.
He said: “A joint security team consisting of the Army, Police and DSS, while conducting patrol today (Friday), at Egi in Omoku Community of Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema Local Government Area of Rivers State, were attacked by unknown gunmen.
“The criminals engaged the security team for several hours before they were eventually dislodged. Sadly, a security agent lost his life in the unfortunate incident. Reinforcement has been sent to beef up security in the area and normalcy has been restored.”
The 2 Brigade therefore urged members of the public to remain calm and be law abiding throughout the “election period and beyond, as security agents will continue to work assiduously to ensure security of lives and property”.
There is undoubtedly serious tension in Rivers state as reports emerged on Thursday that gunmen suspected to be sea pirates shot dead three soldiers and a major in the Nigerian army.
Before the gruesome murder of these security personnel, the state had been witnessing killings along party lines. A development that made some political actor like the All Progressives Congress (APC) acting national chairman, Segun Oni, alleged that the killing of his party members are politically motivated.