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Soldiers invade home of ex-militant, hunt occupants

•I’m innocent, cries Adowei Binebi
• We are looking for you, come and prove your innocence – Army

By Egufe Yafugborhi

WARRI – A  Niger Delta ex-militant, Adowei Binebi have alleged unjustified invasion of his home and harassment of his family by men of the Nigerian Army over yet undisclosed charges.

Authorities at the Nigerian Army 3 Battallion at the Effurun Barracks, however, confirmed that they were looking for him for questioning and that he should not fear or hide if he believes he was innocent.

Binebi, current Youth President, Sokebokou community, Burutu local government area, Delta state, NDV said soldiers raided his residence while he was at work offshore.

He said he embraced the 2009 Presidential Amnesty Programme and had since completion of his empowerment training as a diver in South Africa, being gainfully employed, wondering what warranted the current military offensive against him.

“I have helped in protecting oil facilities in my community. I was never contracted to secure these facilities but have been doing this to better Delta State and Nigeria in general. So I wonder why the army will invade my house on Udu road, while I was offshore for my daily bread on the 6th  of October 2016.

“At 2:00am,they came in a commando style. My wife with a four- month old baby was man handled, my properties were destroyed they also carted away with valuables, including money,” he stated.

The ex-agitator suspected the military hunt for him as  the handwork of oil thieves and pip line contracts chasers determined to bring him down at all cost for opposing their bunkering and other criminal acts.

“I ought to be invited for questioning as a law abiding citizen. I will gladly  honour  such invitation as clear conscience, they say, fears no accusation. I have never and will never involve myself in any act inimical to the economic growth of this state and the country in general. I have being doing my diving profession to make ends meets”, he added.

Prosecutor and judge

Responding to the allegations, the Commander, 3 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Major Ahmed Abdulkadir said, “I am not disposed to give out such information or join issues with him. The much I can say it that we are looking for him. If he is clean, let him come to clear himself. If he chose to be prosecutor and judge in the media, it is left for him.”


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