A security post stationed near the Otuoke residence of former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Bayelsa State, was attacked by unknown gunmen early hours of Tuesday.
Ikechukwu Eze, Media Adviser to Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, made this known in a statement to DAILY POST on Tuesday.
He said the hoodlums who came in about five engine boats, stormed the security post located about 100 metres away from former President Jonathan’s residence in his hometown Otuoke by 1:30 am on Tuesday and attempted to take away a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek beside the residence.
They were, however, resisted by gallant soldiers who engaged them in a fire fight.
According to him, “The gunmen who couldn’t stand the firepower of the military were forced to beat a retreat.
The statement confirmed that “One soldier, unfortunately, lost his life in the fight while another was injured. The injured soldier who is currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa is in a stable state.”
He said “The former President who was not in Otuoke at the time of the attack however returned to his village early this morning to assess the situation.
“Dr. Jonathan promptly condemned the attack and reassured his people that there was no cause for alarm.”
He added that the former President has also condoled with the family of the deceased soldier, the military and has urged the concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book.