Ebubeagu, soldiers burn houses in Izombe

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Operatives of the Ebubeagu Security outfit and personnel of the Nigerian soldiers on Monday invaded Izombe community in Oguta local government area of Imo state, setting ablaze over ten houses.

The invasion followed a gun duet between soldiers and youths in the area which has seen rising invasion and clashes between security agents and youths in the last one year.

Local sources said the combined team of soldiers and Ebubeagu invaded the community at about 12 noon and set houses ablaze.

The Spokesperson of 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, Capt. Joseph Akubo, said that soldiers were drafted to the oil-rich community to checkmate youth restiveness and other crimes in the area.

He explained 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 as 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.