The individuals of Otuasega group within the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have alleged that three of their youths have gone lacking since Friday when safety operatives reportedly opened fireplace throughout an illustration towards the neglect of the Otuasega-Imiringi Road
According to a report by Independent, the protesting youths accosted the operators of an extended haulage automobile conveying a swamp buggy excavator by means of the Otuasega-Imiringi Road and demanded two tipper vans of chippings to fill some unhealthy parts of the deplorable street.
The youths said that the street was broken by frequent plying by heavy-duty vehicular machines belonging to contractors working for the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) within the space.
The placard-carrying protesters barricaded the SPDC gasoline line manifold alongside the Otuasega-Imiringi street and threatened to close down the power if their demand was not met.
It was gathered that whereas the negotiation for the chippings was ongoing, a surveillance contractor to the oil large alerted the safety personnel connected to a close-by SPDC facility who stormed the place and began capturing sporadically.
The incident brought on panic and confusion because the group youths had been stated to have scampered in several instructions for concern of being hit by bullets fired by the safety operatives.
The Chairman of Otuasega Community Development Community, Marcus Raniya claimed that three youths had not been discovered because the mud of the commotion settled.
Narrating the incident, he stated: “We discovered that the heavy-duty vehicular machines have really destroyed the road so we only pleaded with the Shell contractors to come and pour chipping on the road.
“While we were still discussing, a particular man who is always seen around where the soldiers are guarding Shell gas line, a surveillance man that is doing the gas work, left and came back with two soldiers and one NSCDC officer and shot at us indiscriminately.
“As we speak to you, three of our community boys are still missing, we don’t know their whereabouts. While searching for them in the bush, we only saw a cellphone belonging to one of them.
“We are demanding for our missing youths and the soldiers that shot at them. I had gone to the Shell camp and complained about what has happened to the commander there and he said he was sorry over what has happened and promised to call the commander at the gas line.
“But when I got to the gas line, the commander there said he did not know me and that he was not going to discuss with me.”