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Horror 15 killed as gunmen raid community in Rivers

These notorious gunmen storm the community with nothing in mind but to kill people without any reason as they moved from house to house

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Faces of ONELGA victims play

Faces of ONELGA victims


Heavily armed hoodlums went on a killing spree in Ogba/ Ndoni/Egbema Local Government Area of Rivers State, on 13, February 2016 a deadly attack called by the acronym ONELGA.

Punch reports that these notorious gunmen regularly storm the community with nothing in mind but to kill and this time around 15 people went down in the massacre.  

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According to a resident Pa Benedict Ajie who is a neighbour to two young men who were shot at close range during the bloody raid.

“They (gunmen) were many; they came around 9pm and when we saw them, we ran inside the house. The truth is that we don’t know where they came from. We were hiding inside when we heard the sound of gunshots and by the time everything had settled, we came out and saw the corpses of the two men,

Other residents who survived the attack attested to the fact that the blood thirsty gunmen invaded the community randomly killing people without any reason from house to house and although they contacted the police for help during a 9 hours bloody raid, they got no response.

Citing the killings as a political related the state APC chairman Dr. Davies Ikanya, alleged that the Nigeria Police did not provide security for the people of the area, he specifically said that suspected members of a cult group known as Icelanders were behind the invasion of Omoku and surrounding communities.

 “They picked on selected houses of APC members and murdered some of the occupants. At least, 26 people were shot dead, with some of them beheaded. The killings began early evening and lasted till 10 pm,” he stated, adding that police failed to respond to calls for help"

But the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Felix Obuah who expressed shock about the killings said the incident was being politicised by the APC in the state and he should be interrogated for admitting to be in possession of the video clips of the killings, adding that being in possession of such item means he was fully aware of the attack.

 “More worrisome is the incitement being induced by the APC in the state through Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, who has formed the habit of laying claim to ownership and party membership of victim(s) of any dastardly act anywhere in the state just to create disaffection between the ruling party and the rest of the people.

 “We also enjoin our security agencies to intensify their efforts in arresting insecurity in the state, arrest and prosecute anybody convinced to have been directly or indirectly involved, encouraged, abetted or behind the killings,” the state PDP chairman said.

A human rights activist, Mr. John Abiye, who is now seating on the matter urged security agents to work hard to ensure that such horrifying incident that happened of Friday 12, 2016 in ONELGA would be the end to the continued mass murder in the area.

Truth be told, no society will accept this type of killings that will last for several hour without any intervention. With my findings, those killed were innocent people, whose homes were invaded randomly without any reason. We must also begin to educate our youths to shun any act that can maim or deprive anybody his right to life,” Abiye added.

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