Farmers narrowly escape being killed by gunmen in Rivers

By Brave Dickson

Some farmers from Nweol community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State have narrowly escaped being killed by gunmen who were laying ambush to attack the community.

The situation had made the dwellers of the community to live in fear as they now believed that the recent communal fight they had with the neighboring Bera community was not over.

Though the intervention of the security agencies on the order of the Gokana Local Government authority had brought some level of calm over the communal clash that claimed lives from both communities.

Narrating how the crisis started to our correspondent, a youth activist of the area, Comrade Keanyie Benson said: “A dead body that hailed from Bera community was found in Nweol community.

“The people of Bera community became angry that the people of Nweol had killed their person.

“Actually, the killing of the young man was as a result of a cult clash, not communal fight.

“In revenge, the people of Bera community attacked the people of Nweol community and it escalated into communal clash which both communities later recorded death casualties.

“There is a potential threat that the two communities might resume their bloody fight because assailants have been trying to gain entry through farmlands bordering the communities.

“Recently, if not for God that enable some farmers to flee back into their community, they would have been killed by some gunmen who were laying ambush on their farms.”