Officers of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday broke loose and attacked Azagbene Community in Ekeremor, Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, destroying houses and properties worth millions of Naira.
Amuwo Parrot News (APN) gathered that the soldiers were avenging the death of their colleagues who were allegedly murdered by suspected militants.
The militants, according to reports, ambushed and killed two soldiers protecting an oil facility belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the community.
The avenging soldiers trailed the assailing hoodlums back to the community after which they invaded Azagbene early in the morning destroying structures in the area.
As the rampaging soldiers attacked and destroyed, the residents were forced to desert the village and seek refuge in nearby bushes.
Reacting, the Chairman of the Central Zone of the Ijaw Youths Council (Worldwide), Mr. Kennedy Olorogun condemned the killing of soldiers but also chided the army for excessive use of force.
Mr. Olorogun said that the action of the soldiers will bring untold hardship on innocent members of the community.
Speaking in a statement, Olorogun said: “The zonal leadership of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has condemned in strong terms the killing of two men of the Nigeria Army by unknown gunmen at the areas of Azagbene Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“This act is devilish and it has resulted to attack on Azagbene community by the Nigeria Army destroying properties of innocent indigenes.
“This ugly development has become great source of worry and concern to the state and Ijaw Youth Council in the zone as the home and Jerusalem of the entire Ijaw Nation.
“While we condemn the barbaric act, we call on the Nigeria Army to be civil in her action mostly on the areas of destruction of life and property of the innocent Azagbene people. The army should go after the culprits.
“We assure the Nigeria Army to work in synergy with them and other security agencies in the state to ensure perpetrators of this violence and heinous acts are brought to justice.
“We also advise Ijaw youths to shun violence, criminality and other social vices that will tarnish their reputation”.
The Army is yet to issue an official statement on the incident.