A report reaching DAILY GIST this evening has indicated that there is ongoing heavy gun battle between soldiers of 14 Brigade, Army Headquarters, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Barracks, Ohafia and unknown gunmen suspected to be members of Eastern Security Network in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.
Report has it that the fierce exchange of gunfire between the gunmen and soldiers has caused an exodus of residents and indigenes of Elu, Amangwu, Ebem and Amaekpu, Ohafia LGA from their respective communities to neighbouring villages in order to avoid being caught up in the crossfire.
Unconfirmed reports have said six soldiers and a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been reportedly killed in the melee.
The villagers are calling on Senator Orji Kalu, Senate Chief Whip and others State and National Assembly members to come to their aides.
A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity with Newsmen stated that many male youths in the community who feared being innocently whisked away by soldiers and other security agents have left their homes in the village for another place of safety in the state.
“We learnt that some boys believed to be members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) came to the popular Ebem motor park and started shooting and later left.
“Soldiers from 14 Brigade Ohafia whose command headquarters is located in the area later came and went after them.
“We learnt that the unknown gunmen killed six soldiers and since that time, it is hell on earth. There have been sporadic gunshots from all corners.
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