Rivers Community Cries Out Over Military Harassment
The people of Umunwaelile Community in Edegelem Town, Igbo Kingdom, Etche LGA of Rivers State have staged a protest over an alleged encroachment on their land by the Nigerian Army.
The protesters also accused the soldiers from the 6 Divison Portharcourt, of molesting their community members.
The protesters marched through the streets of the community on Monday bearing placards proclaiming, ‘Gov. Wike Save Our Life,’ ‘Leave our land, it is not for sale,’ 'Stop the militarization on Etche land" etc.
The community members told our correspondent that the Garrison Commander, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Bande has been constantly intimidating indigenes of the community with his men.
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They accused the military of perpetrating humanitarian crises due to their several acts of intimidation, forceful siege on communal land and other forms of brutality, saying that the military’s action of taking over their ancestral land without due compensation should stop forthwith.
They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restrain the Garrison Commander from encroaching on their land.
Attempts by our correspondent to reach the APRO of 6 Division for comments on the matter were not successful as at the time of filing this report.
However, a senior military officer, who spoke to Bounce News on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak on behalf of the command, described the allegations as baseless.
He stated that locals have continued to encroach on the land owned by the Nigerian Army by farming on it.
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