Brass Island in Bayelsa State was attacked by suspected thugs who stormed the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the area and opened fire on security operatives.
Business and commercial activities were reportedly destabilized as PDP loyalists and other residents fled their homes.
It was learnt that the five-man gang, allegedly led by one Aboye from the neighbouring Rivers State, invaded the community in the early hours of yesterday.
They shot severally to scare people away as they carried out the attack.
Briefing journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday, the Caretaker Chairman of the Brass Local Government Area, Victor Isaiah; the Deputy Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere; and the Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, condemned the attacks.
They alleged that the thugs who carried out the attacks were loyal to the opposition All Progressives Congress in the area.
The caretaker chairman condemned the activities of APC chieftains in the area.
He accused them of masterminding the crisis rocking Brass Island, especially the killings and maiming of residents in recent times.
Isaiah said, “The APC thugs, armed with AK-47 rifles, invaded the Twon-Brass community in the early hours of today (Thursday) and attacked the PDP secretariat. They launched manhunts for the PDP members in the area.
“The thugs were led by Aboye. The onslaught lasted several hours. During the shootout, the PDP secretariat was attacked, while they opened fire on the security operatives.”
He said the operation was carried out on the orders of some APC leaders who were billed to attend a funeral in Twon Brass this weekend.