Residents of Oyigbo LGA in Rivers State has alleged harassment, burglary, killings of youths in the State by soldiers on Monday.
The Security personnel were meant to protect the laws of the State after the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, imposed a curfew for 24 hours to ban the IPOB activities.
The residents alleged that the personnel were 'breaking into peoples house' and also 'harassing anyone especially the youths'.
They also disclosed that a man was shot dead by a stray bullet when the soldiers were shooting carelessly on Sunday.
One of the residents confirming this, said, "The soldiers are breaking into peoples' houses and harassing anyone they see along the road, especially if the person is a youth.
"Yesterday (Sunday) a man was hit by a stray bullet near Timber area where I live. The man has died now."
Some female residents lamenting on the 24-hour curfew imposed by the government noted they couldn't have access to medical help, unable to get to the ATM and hunger.
A female resident lamented that, "Even if you can access food, there is no money because we can't go to the Automated Teller Machines to make withdrawals. Everywhere is tight and we are hungry."
Another explaining how she wasn't able to attend the Sunday service in her church, said,
"Some people have been cutting peoples' bananas and plantain that have not yet mature to eat because of hunger. From my house, I trekked to the main road so that I can join a keke (tricycle) to my church, but I could not because there was nobody on the road."
A woman who has been on medical prescription said, "I have been sick for more than one month and I was on medication. It is a routine drug, so the drug finished the day before yesterday. I couldn't get another one because there is no way for me to go out."
The spokesman for the Nigerian Army Major Charles Ekeocha, in arguement to the allegations stressed that the personnel are there to retrieve riffles from the 'criminal elements' and his men were killed.
He said, "I am not aware of any killing. We are there to retrieve rifles in the hands of the criminal elements. Six of our men were killed and their rifles taken. If we leave those rifles in their hands, they will use them against people in the community, the state and the country. So, we must get those rifles back."
Also, the State Governor, said the Oyigbo peoples narrative was to shift attention and if care not taken the IPOB( Indigenous Peoples of Biafra) will overthrow the State.
The Governor said, "The narrative that the Igbo were being killed by the military was intended to shift attention from the despicable activities of IPOB in Oyigbo."