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Soldiers attack PUNCH van, stop newspaper from South-South

A group of on Sunday morning attacked the circulation vehicle of The Punch Newspapers, which was on its way to distribute one of its titles to the states in the South-South.

One of the vehicle’s front tyres was torn beyond repair with a knife by one of the manning Mbiama, a border town between Rivers and Bayelsa State.

It was gathered that the soldier tried getting a stick to smash the windscreen of the Passat Golf 3 car, but resorted to using a knife to destroy the tyre.

The driver of the vehicle, Sunkanmi Olusola, said the incident, happened at about 4.10am, as the stopped The Punch and The Nation Newspapers from moving beyond Mbiama.

Sunkanmi said, “When I got to Mbiama, some there did not allow us (Punch and Nation) to pass. I made an attempt to appeal to the to allow us continue our journey, but one of them became very angry and attacked the company’s car.

“He used a knife, which he brought out from his uniform, to tear the driver side’s tyre. The soldier was trying to get a stick probably to smash the windscreen of the car, but decided to use a knife when he could not get a stick. I ran away when I noticed that he had brought out a knife.

“The tyre was destroyed beyond repair. It is a new tyre that we bought few days ago; not up to a week. I had to replace it with the car’s spare tyre. The crisis started three days ago; security officials at Mbiama would not allow us to pass and distribute papers.

“They also stopped

“The tyre was destroyed beyond repair. It is a new tyre that we bought few days ago; not up to a week. I had to replace it with the car’s spare tyre. The crisis started three days ago; security officials at Mbiama would not allow us to pass and distribute papers.

“They also stopped ThisDay truck carrying newsprint from coming into the state. Yesterday (Saturday), the policemen on duty at the same spot allowed my colleague to pass, but today, the there refused to allow us to pass.”

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