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Tension In Delta Community As Soldiers Allegedly Gun Down 27-Year-Old Man

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There are reports of heightened tension in Ogulagha community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State after soldiers attached to Forcados Terminal reportedly gunned down a youth identified as Endurance Kalaepele in the community.

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According to reports, the 27-year-old man was allegedly shot twice by the military men while picking snails with his team of snail hunters.

It was gathered that the incident happened at about 11:00 p.m. on Monday.

The death of the young man prompted enraged youths of the community to go on rampage, destroying company vehicles and property just as they also took over the major roads in the community to express their anger.

Speaking on the incident, the youth president of the Ogulagha community, ThankGod Iyaragba, hinted reporters that the deceased was with six others hunting snails late Monday night when he was allegedly shot dead by soldiers.

The youth president said, “Around 10:00p.m yesterday (Monday), six of the community boys went to the bush behind Forcadoes Terminal, the Pipeline bush, for snail picking, but were intercepted on their way back by the military men.

“One of the boys, Endurance, tried to run out of fear but was shot twice at close range.

“This infuriated youths of the community who went on the rampage destroying company vehicles and property.

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“They have also taken over the major roads in the community to express their anger”.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe told The PUNCH that he was yet to get details of the incident as of the time of filing this report.

Reacting to the shooting, the Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Political Matters, Comrade Ozobo Austin, described the killing of the 27-year-old youth by suspected soldiers in the Forcados terminal as “unprofessional, provocative, barbaric” which could incite unrest in the community.

This was contained statement he made available to newsmen in Warri on Tuesday afternoon.

The governor’s aide who sympathized with the entire Ogulagha community and the bereaved family, appealed to the angry youths to calm their nerves assuring that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will investigate the incident and bring to book every soldier that is involved in the dastardly act.

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