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Nigerian Soldiers Open Fire On Civilians In South-south Nigeria

Following a communal crisis at the Nko community in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State, South-south Nigeria, locals said soldiers opened fire on citizens as some people were said to have been killed.

A yet-to-be-ascertained number of people were killed on Sunday, June 26, as residents have claimed that soldiers of the Nigerian Army opened fire on residents of the Nko community in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State, South-south Nigeria.  

Residents said the soldiers who stormed the community arrived in pickup trucks shortly after nightfall and started shooting sporadically. 

The soldiers’ action, according to sources, was to curb a communal crisis between Nko village and Onyadama village. 

It was not immediately clear how many people had been killed as of the time of filing this report. However, a source who said his neighbour was shot dead by soldiers said no fewer than five people had been killed in what appears to be a gross violation of fundamental rights. 

“I got a call of the attack around 7 p.m. yesterday, and this morning, I heard that the soldiers have burned my father’s house. We are unsure of the man’s safety because we haven’t heard from him. We are also yet to find his wife,” a lady whose parents were trapped told HumAngle. 

HumAngle also obtained videos of buildings reportedly razed by the soldiers. 

When contacted on Monday, Irene Ugbo, Police Spokesperson in Cross River State, did not respond to calls and text messages. 

Efforts to reach the military authorities were unsuccessful as Onyema Nwachukwu, the Nigerian Army Spokesperson, did not respond to calls and text messages sent to his phone on the incidents and the number of casualties.

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  1. The government have to take action on this soldiers before it will be too late.
    Justice have to be done in yakuur

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