Nigerian soldiers laid siege to Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of the Gbaramatu Kingdom, on Saturday morning starting at 2 am, according to reports. This is also a town associated with the militant Tompolo, currently hiding from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Reports that the solders, arriving to the area in no fewer than seven gunboats, arrested seven people in possession of guns, ammunition, and explosives.
Ijaw leader, Godspower Gbenekama, confirmed the attack on Oporoza saying, “information available to me is that the military invaded Oporoza again in the early hours of today. As I am speaking to you, they are still there molesting people.”
“They have arrested many persons and villagers have fled into the bush, this is wrong, they are going to worsen issues with what they are doing. I posted on Facebook that they invaded Oporoza and a military called me to tell me that they would deal with me,” he continued.
“We are not safe, we have said it over and over that Gbaramatu people are not synonymous with Niger Delta Avengers, they should leave my people along. If they want to kill me, let them go ahead, but I will continue to say the truth, why are they harassing my people, they should harass the militants whose activities we condemn,” he added.