Soldiers arrest and torture The Guardian newspaper, others in the Oyigbo rivers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2020, Under: News

Soldiers arrest and torture The Guardian newspaper, others in the Oyigbo rivers

Ahmadu Saifu, the driver of The Guardian newspaper in Port Harcourt, Rivers, leaves his home in Oyigbo every day at 6:00 am to hike for about an hour before taking a taxi to the Ikvere Road office in an attempt to avoid 24 -Hourly curfew imposed by the state government in the troubled Oyigbo local government area.

Movement restrictions have been imposed in the area following violent attacks that shook the local council last week.

However, when Ahmadu left his residence yesterday, things got worse. He did not walk for long when he saw servicemen coming from the opposite side.

He thought that with his media / essential ID, the soldiers would let him go, possibly after the usual show of arms and frog jumping.

But he was wrong, as the angry soldiers appeared to be seeking revenge for the alleged killing of their colleagues by suspected members of the banned indigenous population of Biafra (IPOB). They never allowed Ahmad to be identified. It seems their purpose was to arrest and torture anyone who caught their eye.

As a reminder, Oyigbo residents have been leaving the area since Sunday after reports that the military was planning to retaliate in the area.

Ahmadu said, “They immediately arrested more than 500 of us at the TAP junction near Pamo University, turned off our phones and ordered us to lie down in the muddy water, warning that anyone who lifted their head or hand would be. was killed because Oyigbo’s people were killing soldiers. “When I heard that the situation was tense, I fell silent and wrote to my daughter that the army had arrested me and I don’t know where they took us.

Ahmadu said that the soldiers later took them to a nearby bush full of broken bottles and asked them to lie on them, complaining that the bottles had torn their clothes and bodies. It also emerged that the soldiers had arrested and tortured some police officers who they suspected were collecting bribes from the victims’ relatives to demand their release.

Further speaking, the Guardian driver said, “After a while, I tried to get up to show them my ID, but they refused. Later I went to one of the young officers and showed him my identity card, he took me to the senior captain and ordered me to leave. That’s how I came back at 13:30 “

Ahmadu, who testified to injuries to his hands and head as a result of being hit hard by soldiers, described his experience as sad, terrible and unfortunate.

He said: “It’s a bad situation that we ended up in this country. I had a legal obligation. I had a valid ID, but I was tortured for no reason. “
Nigeria’s 6th Army Division spokesman Charles Ekeocha, previously contacted by a Guardian reporter on the matter, confirmed that he had contacted the army commander in the area to facilitate Ahmadu’s release.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Police Commissioner Joseph Mukan has declared general war on the villains who attacked and plundered police stations in the Oyigbo local government area. The chief of police said this during a meeting with police officers (OI) and chiefs of divisions of commanders of tactical units.

He ordered officers to move out over the next 48 hours to deploy both intelligence and patrols through command to ensure that the stolen items are returned and the perpetrators are arrested immediately.

The KP also warned members of the banned IPOB to leave the state, as a mechanism was in place to catch them and treat them as a terrorist group.

Mukan reiterated that Rivers State is not an IPOB State and will be vigorous in doing business with any group doing business in this or any other form.

Source: – Guardian