Okene: Fear of Military Reprisal Sends People Fleeing

20 Jan 2013

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Chief-of-Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen Azubike Ihejirika

By Matthew Onah

The fear of reprisal actions by the military has sent many people fleeing from their villages in Abobo village, the scene of last Saturday deadly  attack on the Mali bound military convoy, which killed two soldiers and injured eight others.

The convoy was believed to have come under a coordinated attack by the unknown gunmen using high capacity  remote controlled, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and hand held weapons at Abobo village, just outside Okene, in Kogi state.

A spot check by THISDAY, at the scene of the incident, showed very sparse number of people. A villager, who declined to give his name, said  most people deserted the village Saturday for fear that the military might come back.

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