Youth ‘beheaded’ in Rivers community attack

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

A youth was beheaded in Taaba community in Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, following the invasion of the community by more than 50 armed men, a state lawmaker said.

The Deputy Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, a native of Taaba, said the gunmen invaded the community on Thursday at about 10 p.m. and attacked the youth.

Details of the attack or its motivation were not clear.

The police spokesperson for the state, Ahmad Muhammad, told PREMIUM TIMES he was not aware of the attack.

But Mr. Kwanee suggested the attack was politically-motivated.

He said the remains of the youth that was killed has been deposited in a mortuary promising to ensure peace returns to Taaba community immediately.

Mr. Kwanee also said the palace of the paramount ruler of Taaba was destroyed during the attack while residents have deserted the community, seeking refuge in other communities.

Noting that another youth was injured and have been hospitalised, Mr. Kwanee blamed the attack on desperate politicians whom he said are seeking power by all means ahead of the 2015 general election.

He also called on the state’s Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.

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