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Nigeria - One killed, many injured as gunmen invade community

Event category

Social incident - Local security conflict

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Low

Event date (UTC)

2024-05-14 14:00:22

Last update (UTC)

2024-05-14 14:00:23

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6.26566

Longitude

5.10393

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Okomu, Edo

Armed bandits, who identified themselves as Ijaw Freedom Fighters, on Sunday night attacked Imariogha Community, near Okomu Oil Palm plantation, setting ablaze over eight vehicles, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.The bandit invaded the community, formerly known as AT&P, located in Ovia South West Local Government Area.The Commissioner, Edo State Police Command, Funsho Adegboye, confirmed the attack to NAN in a telephone interview in Benin.Adegboye said: “We are aware of the incident and have visited the community.“We are already holding talks in partnership with sister security organisations and Okomu Oil Palm company to arrest the situation.”Meanwhile, an eyewitness told NAN that the invaders entered the community from the riverside at midnight, shooting sporadically into the air and setting fire to about eight private vehicles and destruction of many houses.Rex Akpokiniovo, one of the community leaders, told NAN that while one person was killed, a Chief of the community, Pa Gabriel Okorugbe, who sustained injuries from the attack, had been hospitalised.Akpokiniovo said: “The corpse of the dead person has been taken away by the police.“My house was attacked and my car burnt down by the gunmen who came into the community at midnight and started shooting sporadically into the air.“One of the Okomu workers, who resides in the community, was killed, while the invaders left a warning note on his chest.”According to the note, addressed to Governor Godwin Obaseki, the attackers, who identified themselves as Ijaw Freedom Fighters, made several demands from the management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc.Some of the demands included a directorship position in Okomu Oil Palm and 25 percent of the company’s shares.The group said: “We are not fighting any security personnel but Okomu oil company.”

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