Gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants attacked the Otuoke, Bayelsa country home residence of former president Gooodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.
One of the soldiers attached to the former president’s home was killed when the soldiers tried to repel the attack. However, three of the gunmen were gunned down during an exchange of gunfire.
The heavily armed gunmen who stormed Jonathan’s residence at about 3am, came through the river on five speedboats and opened fire on the soldiers manning the property.
“The gunmen assumed that he was in the Otueke residence having seen him visiting thrice on Monday till late. His movements confused the assailants,” a close associate of former president was quoted.
“The gunmen, who came with many motorized boats, were heavily armed but were intercepted by soldiers at the river bank linking the home. But they shot and killed one of the soldiers instantly while one is in critical condition but the soldiers fought back and killed no fewer than two of the attackers whose bodies were taken away by the fleeing gunmen.
“We thank God that the former President is safe and alive, while our hearts go for the families of the soldier killed” a family source said
The state police command is yet to comment on the attack.