Soldiers sack Abia community, kill 12, burn 50 houses

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have sacked Amangwu community, in Ohafia Local Government Area, burning over 50 houses with twelve locals killed.

Soldiers of the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia in Abia State, invaded the community over alleged missing of their colleague who was on leave

The alleged missing soldier was reported to have visited his village, Ikwun, in Cross Rivers State and on his way back reportedly got missing at the border between Amuma Ohafia and Amangwu (about 3 kilometres from Amangwu).

In the process of searching for the said missing soldier, troops from the brigade were reported to have invaded Amangwu community, Daily Sun reports.

The soldiers were said to have shot sporadically, forcing natives to run for their lives.

The invading soldiers were reported to have arrested many of the natives, some of whom were yet to be seen.

Some of the natives who fled from the onslaught of the invading soldiers into the adjourning bushes and villages were yet to return home as the troops are said to still be laying siege in the devastated community.

People are said not to be allowed to enter or leave Amangwu as the soldiers continue their onslaught, breaking into houses and looting the properties.

A native of the area, who gave his name as Umah and who said he spoke from his hideout inside the bush, alleged that his younger brother was among those killed on a bike on Sunday by soldiers who laid an ambush against them.

He equally disclosed that a woman came home from Aba last week to bury her husband, and in the wake of the military invasion, she died and her body was yet to be taken to the mortuary as nobody could go in to bring it out from their house.

“The woman came back last week to bury her husband and on the first day of the invasion, she collapsed and died and the body is yet to be taken to the mortuary because nobody is allowed in or out of Amangwu.”

A poultry farmer in the area, Kalu said he and his attendants left their poultry farm with over 1,000 birds and fled the community and lamented he did not know the fate of the birds.

According to Kalu, “As I talk to you, my village, Amangwu Ohafia has been invaded by the army garrison in Ohafia. Since Thursday (last week) since the invasion commenced, over ten people have been killed.”

“Two youths were shot dead yesterday (Sunday), and the villagers have all fled into the bush,” he lamented.

“In March this year, Amangwu was invaded by the same army in Ohafia and about 40 houses were burnt by the army, those houses are still there not yet rebuilt.

“They claimed their reason for that mayhem was that they’re looking for the IPOB, but I don’t know the reason they will give for this one.”

When contacted, the Army Public Relations Officer (APRO), Lt. Innocent Omale, simply said he was “not in the picture.”

efforts to speak with the Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, were not successful as he could answer his calls or respond text message.