Army Invades Delta Community, Seizes Pregnant Woman & Cripple

Soldiers from the 19th Battalion, Koko, Delta State,
raided Yukugbene community in Warri North
Local Government Area of the state and
apprehended a pregnant woman and a cripple for
allegedly being in possession of firearms and
A security source told Saturday Vanguard that
soldiers who stormed the community in search of
suspected pirates/kidnappers that escaped into the
bush, recovered arms and ammunition from the
woman and the cripple.
However, the Ijaw People Development Initiative,
IPDI, faulted the claim that the pregnant woman,
Madam Loveth Odibo and physically –challenged
Friday Gbangbara were criminals and that soldiers
found arms and ammunition with them.
Similarly, the Conference for the Actualization of
Human Rights, which has petitioned the Chief of
Army Staff, disputed the allegation. National
coordinator of the body, Omes Ogedegbe, who
called for the release of the woman and cripple,
said Mrs. Odibo does not live in Yukugbene and
only visited the community for medical assistance.
On his part, Public Relations Officer, 4th Brigade,
Benin City, Captian Jonah Unuakhalu, told
Saturday Vanguard, “At about 1130 am on 28
August 2015, following reports of repeated attacks
by suspected kidnappers/sea pirates along Benin
River in Warri North local government area of
Delta State, troops of 19 Battalion raided a criminal
hideout at Yokugbene community along the river.”
“On sighting the troops, suspects numbering about
15 (some sighted with arms), fled into the swamp. A
follow up with shots and movement by troops led
to the discovery of 1 AK 47 Rifle, 3 AK47
magazines, 86, 7.62mm ammunition, 1 Russian
made double barrel gun and qty 6 x 70mm carts.
“Other items recovered include, 18 GSM phones,
one motorola hand held walkie talkie, an amnesty
certificate with registration number C02/B13/
A2/17167 belonging to one William Molly, 2
voters card belonging to Molly William and
Gbagbanra Ogunwa, 1First bank ATM card, 11
pieces of camo trouser and one camo short nikker.
“Meanwhile, 2 suspects; Mrs Loveth Odigbo and
Mr Ebire Oko were arrested. The female suspect
however, sustained a gunshot wound on the right
hand and was treated at General Hospital, Koko,”
he said.
According to him, “Suspects and items recovered
are in custody of Headquarters Operation Pulo
Shield while investigation is ongoing after which
they will be handed over to the police.”
Nevertheless, national president of IPDI, Austin
Ozobo, told Saturday Vanguard that the military
invaded the community on August 28 shooting
sporadically and in the process, almost terminated
the life of Mrs Odibo, who they arrested with her
sucking baby.

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