The number of people killed, beheaded or burnt alive in Rivers State in recent times is very very disturbing, to say the least. When are we going to express outrage over the madness in Rivers?
Just yesterday, rampaging armed youths invaded five communities in the State, killing 15 persons. They also burnt houses and looted properties valued at millions of naira.
The affected communities are Ovogo, Rumuewhuo and Rumuji in Emuoha Local Government Area.
A source said seven persons were killed in Ovogo. Two each were killed in Rumuehwuo and Rumuji.
The gunmen, said to be cultists, invaded Emuoha communities around 8am on Sunday. They started shooting, causing heavy panic. Residents scampered to safety. The community is presently deserted.
Also, last Thursday and Friday, some hoodlums were said to have attacked Odhieje community of Ahoada East and burnt eight homes and looted properties.
They also shot sporadically in Okogbie community, also in Ahoada East, between 9pm on Friday and 5am on Saturday. Three of the assailants were later nabbed by men of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF).
The killings in Emuoha came within 24 hours after over 20 persons, including an expectant woman and two soldiers were reportedly killed in three communities of Umuokiri Aluu, University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) community and Omagwa in Ikwerre area of Rivers State.