Earlier today, Former President Jonathan confirmed an attack by unknown armed men near his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president said he was not in his residence during the attack.
“A security post stationed near the Otuoke residence of former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Bayelsa State was attacked by unknown gunmen early Tuesday morning.
The hoodlums who came in with about five engine boats stormed the security post located about 100 metres away from former President Jonathan’s residence in his hometown Otuoke by 1:30 am on Tuesday and attempted to take away a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek beside the residence. They were however resisted by gallant soldiers who engaged them in a firefight.
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. The ex-president said.
Reacting to the incident, former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode wrote on Twitter;
“The attempt to murder Jonathan and the attack on his home is the most dangerous event that has taken place in the last 5 years.If the attempt had succeeded it would have set Nigeria on fire.I commend those that were killed protecting him.I urge the FG to beef up his security.”