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8 villagers hit by stray bullet fired by Navy in Warri



8 villagers hit by stray bullets fired by Nigerian Navy

Tragedy struck at Sand Field 1 and 2, popularly known as Warri Corner, in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, when no less than eight villagers were said to have been hit by stray bullets.

The bullet were fired when men of the Nigeria Navy, NNS Base, Warri, Delta State, shot sporadically into the air while allegedly testing their weapons.

The incident was described as irresponsible by the Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, FHRACC, in a statement, on Friday.

Speaking through its National president, Alaowei Cleric, FHRAAC said; “About eight persons hit by stray bullets have been hospitalised in different health centres across Delta State. We cannot believe that the men of the Nigerian Navy were only testing their weapons.”

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Continuing, Cleric said the shootings were deliberate; “The unprovoked attack on Naifors Island, popularly known as Sand Field 1 and 2 by the men of the Nigerian Navy from the NNS Base, Warri is the height of human inhumanity to mankind. The excuse that they were only testing their weapons sounds unprofessional.”

“This is highly ridiculous as the Navy seems to be telling the world that it does not know the difference between testing weapon and attacking enemies. How on earth can testing the military weaponry result to sacking an entire community, which has inflicted grievous injuries on the innocent and peace-loving settlers in the Island?

“This is a manifestation of the Federal Government’s agenda to wipe out the Niger Delta communities from planet earth ostensibly to allow it have free access to the oil. We hope that the world is seeing these systematic invasions of Niger Delta communities whose offence is that they have oil in their lands,” he said.

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