Jonathan’s spokesman speaks on attack on ex-president's hometown, Otuoke, Bayelsa

Gunmen on Tuesday attacked a security post within the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan at Otuoke, Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state.

The unknown gunmen attacked the security post located just 100 metres to the residence of the ex-president and made an attempt to snatch a gunboat around the area near a creek.

Soldiers stationed around the residence of the former president repelled the intruders. Unfortunately, a soldier was killed in the attack while two of the gunmen were said to be gunned down too.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, confirmed the incident and  said the former president was not at his residence at the time of the onslaught.

”A security post stationed near the Otuoke residence of  former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele  Jonathan in Bayelsa State was attacked by unknown gunmen early Tuesday morning,” 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. The gunmen who couldn’t stand the firepower of the military were forced to beat a retreat. 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.

”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. 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.”

It is not certain if this attack has a political bent. But there has been heightened tension in the state since the governorship election.

Jonathan was rumoured to have supported candidate of the APC, David Lyon, against Seriake Dickson’s anointed, Douye Diri, in the election.

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