Over five thousand residents of Abonnema fled their homes following the alleged killing of three soldiers in the area by gunmen on saturday night, the 2nd of March.
A traditional ruler in Rivers State,Orubibiye Opuda VI of Abonnema and Mr Douglas a former minister of finance lamented and apologized to the military and the Federal Govt,to forgive the community over the death of the soldiers and to further stop attacks in the area.
Mr. Douglas described the killing of the soldiers as unfortunate blaming some misguided political gladiators in the area on the unfortunate development.
He said in the case of Abonnema,there was a huge importation of thugs into the community, causing the security men who were trying to provide security become casualties.
He further said the development has made things difficult and the cost of living soared.
He is encouraging his people to stay, but the people are still leaving the community because of fear of reprisal.
Mr. Douglas urged the FG and the Army to investigate the incident critically and punish those behind the killings in the area, describing the military as a peaceful and disciplined group that is slow to anger, strict with adherence to its rules of engagement but when provoked in some peculiar situations, no one can predict their actions.