Former President Goodluck Jonathan has confirmed an attack by unknown armed men near his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State in the early hours of today Tuesday December 24th.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president said he was not in his residence during the attack.
The statement reads:
“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.
The hoodlums who came in with 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 firefight.
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.”
Earlier today, reports made the rounds that three of the gunmen that attacked the home of the ex-president were killed, while a soldier also lost his life in the gun battle.
It was gathered that the plan of the gunmen was thwarted by soldiers manning a riverside checkpoint near former President Goodluck Jonathan countryside home in Otuoke, Bayelsa state.
An Ogbia youth leader, who spoke in confidence, described the attack on Jonathan’s house as disturbing.