Alleged Victimization: Imo State Youths Attack Soldiers – Capt. Joseph Akubo

By NewsBits

The 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Obinze, Owerri, has said that some angry youths, on Monday, attacked its officers on patrol at Izombe community in Oguta council area of Imo State

Capt. Joseph Akubo, the Brigade’s spokesperson made the disclosure when he spoke with journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital. Akubo said the incident occurred after soldiers were drafted to the oil-rich community to checkmate youth restiveness, and other crimes in the area.

He stated that some unidentified persons, on Saturday, attacked and killed a truck driver, prompting increased patrol by the soldiers. “The soldiers were on routine patrol in the area when they came under attack by armed youths.

“Two days ago, a truck driver was killed; coupled with other criminal activities which had necessitated increased patrol. The soldiers were on normal patrol when they came under attack,” he said.

Akubo, however, said he had yet to confirm the casualty figure, noting that the youths were still engaging the soldiers in fierce battle. “I cannot tell you the casualty figure because the armed youths are still attacking our men who are taking cover in the buildings in the neighbourhood,” he said.

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