How the military destroyed Odi Community under the command of President Obasanjo

The killing of twelve policemen in the Odi community was reported to President Olusegun Obasanjo and in a swift reaction, Obasanjo wrote to the governor of Bayelsa, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, threatening to declare a state of emergency if those responsible for the murders were not apprehended within two weeks. Responsibility for policing is, however, a federal duty in Nigeria. Before the deadline could expire, soldiers from the Nigerian army moved into Odi, a community of perhaps 15,000 people, engaged in a brief exchange of fire with the young men alleged to be responsible for the deaths of the policemen, and proceeded to raze the town. The troops demolished every single building, barring the bank, the Anglican church, and the health. The aged, visitors, and settlers, may have killed hundreds of unarmed civilians. While the soldiers reportedly shot and killed some of the armed youths who brought trouble to the town, most of the gang is reported to have fled. It was a typical case of ground Zero for the Odi Community, everything on site was brought down, and every human being sited was fired, it was a complete mark out.

HISTORY: The speech that landed MKO Abiola in trouble

Abiola returned to Nigeria, and this time, he was ready to confront the military for his mandate. In a move to claim his mandate, he called for a world conference in Lagos State Nigeria on June 12, 1994.  Abiola announced himself as the president and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, he then called on the United States Of America and equally advised Abacha’s military regime to vacate the seat of power.