Rivers State women have protested harassment and the arrest of a paramount ruler by the Nigerian Army.
Soldiers from the 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, stationed in Bori, on Monday arrested His Royal Highness, Chief Barinadaa Gbaranee, a paramount ruler in Ogoni and vandalised his home.
A group of women from Yeghe Community gathered Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in protest of the arrest of their monarch.
Yeghe Community, in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State has been a hot-bed of army operations since the army invaded the community in February in search of former agitator, Solomon Ndigbara, whom the military has since declared wanted.
The Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Capt. Eli Lazarus, confirmed the arrest of the traditional ruler but however, sad the army “invited” Gbaranee for questioning concerning an investigation it was carrying out.
A text message from Lazarus, said: The paramount ruler of Yeghe Community, Barinadaa Gbaranee was invited by 2 Brigade Nigerian Army in connection with an on-going investigation that relates to security within his domain. I assure you that he will return to his ccommunity as soon as investigation is completed.