Magnus Abe admits complicity in deadly military invasion of , says it was aimed at arresting Solomon Ndigbara

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Embattled Rivers South-east Senatorial District Re-run election candidate of the APC, Senator Margnus Abe has explained  that  the  ill-fated military  operation  in  Ogoni Land which claimed over 20 innocent  lives was aimed at arresting Chief Solomon Ndigbara, ex-Niger Delta agitator.

It will be  recalled  that  Solomon Ndigbara implicated  Senator Magnus Abe and Barry Mpigi for allegedly sponsoring violence in Ogoni Land by leading  the military  to embark  on the invasion.

Senator Abe made the confession  in Port Harcourt on Friday.

The APC chieftain said: “It is important that I make this statement with regard to the crisis arising from  the military’s attempt to effect the arrest of Solomon Ndigbara (aka Osama bin Laden, an ex-militant leader), at Yeghe-Ogoni in Gokana Local Government Area.

“The person who stands to be blamed squarely for the crisis is Solomon Ndigbara and his group, who chose to engage the military in a shootout.

Abe, a former Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), who hails from Bera-Ogoni in Gokana LGA, also pleaded with Ogoni people to eschew violence, lawlessness and ensure that they maintain peace.

He admonished Rivers people not to play politics with the military operations in Ogoni, since the victims of the crisis could have been people from any of the political parties and religion.

The  soldiers  who invaded Ogoni Land on the alleged  direction of  Senator Abe killed several Ogoni people  including  Igbo traders in  the  area.

It will  be recalled  that  Governor Wike  visited Bori and Yeghe  on Thursday  were he condemned  the killing of innocent  persons by the soldiers.

The governor  also assured  the Ogoni  people  that those involved  in  the  shedding  of innocent  blood will be brought  to  justice.

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