TABOO! Residents On The Run From Bayelsa's Ekeremor Community
A place meant to be home has become an environment to avoid.
The streets are dry. The atmosphere reeks of apprehension and fear of the unknown.
Residents of Ndoro community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State are fleeing the community after the alleged beheading of a security operative by militants.
There are claims that the security official was beheaded when he visited the community on a peace mission.
A resident of the community, Henshaw Ebi, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the security official was negotiating with a militants’ leader in the area to surrender their arms when the incident occurred.
“The community was thrown into apprehension and people began to flee in droves since Monday when the lifeless body of the ‘security emissary’ was seen in the community without his head.
“The victim cannot be identified because he is in plain cloth.
“The fear is that the military might come after those responsible any moment from now and invade the community.
“The community has been deserted as we speak due to fear of imminent manhunt for the militants behind the dastardly act,” Ebi said.
However, the Bayelsa State government in a reaction to the development said on Friday that there is no cause for alarm.
The government called on fleeing members of the community to return home as the situation had been brought under control.
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The Commissioner for information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the assurance came at a meeting between Governor Seriake Dickson, security chiefs, officials of the military high command, leaders and other citizens of the community.
At the meeting, it was resolved that the military would move into the community and restore normalcy, while the government would begin a peace process.