By James Okwudili
Unidentified gunmen early Friday morning invaded the residence one of the leaders of ex- Niger Delta ex-militants, Paul Eris, aka General Ogunbosat Peremabiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa State in a siege which lasted for over one hour.
Scanty details of the incident available indicated that the gunmen invaded the community at about 6 am on Christmas Day, shooting sparodically at the building.
According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen caused panic in the community as they engaged in sporadic shooting while the siege lasted.
They left after they set the palatial mansion belonging to General Ogunbos and some other houses ablaze in the community.
However, no casualty has so far been reported from the invasion, while it is also believed that the ex-militant leader is safe, though his whereabouts is unknown as at the time of filing in this story.
The Public Relations Officer of Bayelsa State Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.
“I can confirm that unknown gunmen invaded the Peremabiri Community early hours of today and burnt (Ogunbos) house and others. I don’t have the full details yet, but I am aware that no life was lost in the attack”
On whether the Ex-Agitator, Paul Eris alias ‘General Ogunbos” was in the house during the invasion, the Bayelsa State Police Command Spokesman said he did not have that information.