My family safe, Jonathan speaks on attack on country home

Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

…There is no cause for alarm -Jonathan 

Gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday attacked the Otuoke country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

It could not be immediately confirmed if Jonathan or any member of his family was hurt in the armed invasion.

But he was said to have escaped unhurt in the attack, which some community persons are suspecting was “an assassination attempt” on the former president.

However, one of the security operatives guarding the residence was feared dead in the attack.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said there is no cause for alarm over the attack on his house by gunmen.

Jonathan in a press statement by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, also condoled with the family of the soldier who was killed.

According to him, the gunmen were on a mission to steal a gunboat belonging to the military stationed about 100 metres from his house.

The statement read in part: “The gunmen who couldn’t stand the firepower of the military were forced to beat a retreat.

“One soldier, unfortunately, lost his life in the fight while another was injured. The injured soldier who is currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa, is in a stable state.

“The former president who was not in Otuoke at the time of the attack, however, returned to his village early this morning to assess the situation.

“Dr. Jonathan promptly condemned the attack and reassured his people that there was no cause for alarm. He also condoled with the  family of the deceased soldier and the military and has urged the concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book.”

 

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