Five persons were allegedly shot dead in Ogbele community, Ahoada East Local Government Area, Rivers State, by gunmen, Saturday night.
Meanwhile, residents of Yeghe community in Ghokana Local Government Area of the state have fled their homes for safety, following rumours that the military would storm the area to make mass arrests today.
Following the rumours, yesterday, the community was almost deserted as a few residents were seen moving out of the community. Some others, who do not have anywhere to go, said they would hang around to see the action of the military.
On the killings in Ogbele community, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ahmad Muhammad, had not responded to a text message for comment on the development by our correspondent at press time.
Community sources said the assailants came through the waterways at night, left five corpses in their trail.
They also kidnapped the Community Development Committee, CDC, Chairman, Mr Nehemiah Jerry.
It is not clear what could have triggered the fresh killings in the community as sources who did not want their names in print said the area had been peaceful. They said they could not understand what informed the fresh killings.
“We don’t know Nehemiah’s whereabouts. We have not heard anything about him since the killers went with him. We are praying he comes back alive,” a source said.
The source said that the community was deserted after the sad incident.
The Police and the Army were reportedly in the community yesterday on fact finding mission.
It will be recalled that about eight persons were killed under a similar circumstance in Ula Upata community in the council last month.