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Published On: Wed, Dec 25th, 2019

Otuoke attack: Jonathan calls for investigation

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

Immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the attack in the early hours of yesterday on his country home, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, with a declaration that there is ‘no cause for alarm’.
Dr Jonathan has similarly condemned the attack in a strong term.
Reports from many sources showed that a soldier was killed during the attack, while another one was injured and is being hospitalized.
The former President has already condoled with the family of the deceased soldier and urged the military and the concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book.
A statement yesterday by the Media Adviser on Media to the former, President, Ikechukwu Eze, which gave an account of what happened, explained that Jonathan was not in Otuoke at the time of the attack.
It added that the former President has however returned to his village yesterday morning to assess the situation.
The statement, titled, “Re: Attack in Otuoke by unknown gunmen”, reads,, ‘a security post, stationed near the Otuoke residence of former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Bayelsa State, was attacked by unknown gunmen early Tuesday morning.
“The hoodlums who came in about five engine boats stormed the security post located about 100 metres away from former President Jonathan’s residence in his hometown Otuoke by 1:30 am on Tuesday and attempted to take away a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek beside the residence.
“They were however resisted by gallant soldiers who engaged them in a fire fight.
“The gunmen who couldn’t stand the firepower of the military were forced to beat a retreat. One soldier, unfortunately, lost his life in the fight while another was injured.
“The injured soldier, who is currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa is in a stable state.
“The former President who was not in Otuoke at the time of the attack however returned to his village early this morning to assess the situation.
“Dr. Jonathan promptly condemned the attack and reassured his people that there was no cause for alarm.
“The former President has also condoled with the family of the deceased soldier, the military and has urged the concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book”, the statement concluded.

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