A tricycle rider was on Friday arrested in Oyigbo market by soldiers attached to the 6 Division in Rivers State, sources told SaharaReporters.
Soldiers have reportedly been killing residents and breaking into the homes of residents who were not connected with the attackers that killed six soldiers and stole their weapons.
An eyewitness, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said one of the soldiers shot into the air before the Keke rider was driven off in his tricycle.
“As I was in the market buying something, soldiers ran in. I don’t know what was pursuing them,” the eyewitness said. “They ran and hit a Keke; the Keke boy did not do anything. They just entered the Keke and carried the boy. I don’t know what they would do with him. People ran in fear; their gunshot into the air,” the source narrated.
SaharaReporters has yet to ascertain the identity of the tricycle rider as at the time of this report.
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Another resident of the town had last week informed SaharaReporters that soldiers had come into the same market to harass women who came out to sell. They repeatedly forced them to lie in a ditch, the source said.
The resident also said a little child was shot in his compound, forcing the parents to abandon their house in fear.
The army has, however, maintained that it has been professional in trying to retrieve weapons looted from its dead colleagues and arrest the attackers who committed the crime.
SaharaReporters, New York