The Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), yesterday condoled the military authorities on
the attack and subsequent killing of four soldiers and a mobile policeman at the Joint Task Force, JTF, security post at the waterfront in Nembe City, on Friday by unknown gunmen.
He expressed shock and sadness over the incident, adding that it was barbaric for people to take the lives of innocent military men who were drafted to the community to protect lives and property.
He further said that the community acknowledged the efforts of the JTF in maintaining peace in the area and was indeed, saddened by the ugly incident.
The Amayanabo of Nembe Kingdom, His Eminence, King Edmund Daukoru, stated that the community was in a mourning mood, due to the unfortunate incident.
According to the monarch, the JTF is like a security umbrella covering the community, stressing that any attack on it is an attack on the community. He, therefore, condemned the perpetrators of the dastardly act and expressed the preparedness of the vigilante group in the community to continuously work with the JTF to prevent a future occurrence.
The monarch also lauded Governor Seriake Dickson for the swift response and for sending the deputy governor to assess the situation.
In his remarks, the Alternate Chairman of Nembe Council of Chiefs, Chief Awaki Gam-Dede, described the incident as a terrible one and sympathised with the JTF over the loss of its personnel.
He said the community has peacefully hosted the JTF for the past 15 years and was devastated by the ugly incident.
Also commenting, the Chairman, Nembe Local Government Council, Bioghoemi Eminah, equally condemned the incident, stating that it was a wicked act.
In their separate remarks, the immediate-past member of the House of Assembly that represented Nembe Constituency One, Jonathan Obuebite, and his successor in the Assembly, Ebi Ololo, condemned the killing of the JTF personnel.


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