The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Abdulmajid Ali, confirmed yesterday that the Niger Delta militants were planning to launch a fresh invasion in the state.
He noted the militants were apparently finding it difficult to operate in the Niger Delta region following increased military deployment to check their nefarious activities.
Speaking to journalist in Abeokuta against Friday’s invasion of Imushin community in Ogijo area of Ogun state, which allegedly carried a death toll of 15 people, Ali said only three persons were killed when the rampaging militants invaded the community, not 15. Ali said:
“It’s not true that 15 people were killed there. The DPO Ogijo was on ground; he reported that only three people were killed and their bodies have been recovered from the scene.”
He argued that if adequate measures were not taken, the militant activities may snowball into insurgency.
According to him,
“The militants are finding it difficult in Niger Delta and Ikorodu area of Lagos State. They are now moving to our side in Ogun. They are the ones involved in kidnapping and sorts of crime.
“These boys are becoming lawless. It is the same group that killed. NNPC officials, DSS and Navy officers in Arepo. They are responsible for lots of criminal activities in the area. Honestly, they should be treated like Boko Haram.”
Report on the Friday’s invasion of the Imushin community recounted that two hotels were raided, and their guests were robbed and injured, while over 25 shops in the community were reportedly looted by the attackers.
A travel agent, Mr. Oladele Ogundare, was said to be returning home in his car, when the rampaging militants opened fire on his car and killed him.
Another resident, Umoru, who was said to be eating noodles, was chased, hacked and shot to death, along with a friend, Danladi.
A mosque in the community, was reportedly attacked and a Muslim cleric killed.
An eye witness told journalists that the militants were of Ijaw origin. She said the youths came on a revenge mission following the killing of two of their friends, suspected pipeline vandals.
Another witness from the community also said “these people are militants and even the police cannot withstand their firepower. We need help from the government. We will appreciate anything they can do for us.”