Following the gunmen attack on country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded a swift, sweeping and thorough probe of the shocking incident.
The demand was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the spokesman of the ruling party, Lanre Issa-Onilu.
“The APC join other well-meaning Nigerians in condemning the attack in its entirety. We call on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors.
“We extend condolences to the family of the soldier who reportedly died in the attack. The Party also wishes the other injured soldier a full and speedy recovery,” it said.
Slim Xclusive also gathered that the gunmen numbering twenty were repelled by military men stationed behind the house.
A community source, who spoke in confidence, said the gunmen came through the river on five speedboats and opened fire on the soldiers.
They launched the attack with a dynamite being thrown into Jonathan’s residence and it blew off the roof of a small cottage building inside the residence.
According to other sources, two soldiers stationed behind the house confronted the armed men and engaged them in heavy gun shootout, “he gunmen were approaching the house when they were sighted by the soldiers.
“They opened fire on the soldiers and the soldiers replied. It was a heavy shootout. The Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) positioned in from of the house, made a u-turn blaring siren to joined his men behind the house.
“The soldiers, while engaging the gunmen at the back of the house, were not aware some gunmen were coming into the house on land. Those gunmen on foot shot dead a soldier and shot another in the leg.
“They, escaped after sighting the APC moving to re-inenforce the soldiers. The gunmen abandoned a boat filled with blood. We asked an eyewitness at the jetty and we were told that the gunmen were moving some bodies of their colleague into another boat”, they said.
Most of the indigenes of Otuoke community commended the soldiers for their gallantry at repelling such attack.
Jonathan later arrived at the scene at about 3.30am in company of the Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Elele and the Bayelsa Commissioner of Police, to inspect the damages.