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.
A soldier on guard duty has been reportedly killed as unknown gunmen attacked the courtyard of former President Goodluck Jonathan situated close to the bank of the river at Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
Sources who witnessed the scene of the attack said about three of the gunmen were killed by the soldiers, who foiled their attempt to break into the house.
One of the sources, who spoke in confidence, said the gunmen came through the river on five speedboats and opened fire on the soldiers.
The source said: “Armed men who came in about five boats attacked the home of former President Jonathan.
“A security personal attached to the former president was killed and about three of the gunmen were shot dead”.
An Ogbia youth leader, who spoke in confidence, described the attack on Jonathan’s house as disturbing.
He said ‘’the gunmen with 5 engine boats stormed the security post located about 100 meters away from former President’s residence by 1:30 am on Tuesday and attempted to take away a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek beside the residence but were however resisted by soldiers who engaged them in a fire fight.
The gunmen who couldn’t stand the firepower of the military were forced to beat a retreat. One soldier, unfortunately, died in the ensuing gun battle while another was injured.
He, however, said soldiers, whose checkpoint was located at the waterside, quelled the attack but unfortunately one of them died in the process.
He did not also confirm 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.