Oporoza, headquarters of the Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government, Oporoza, Delta State, is currently in the hands of the Nigerian Army.
This is as even as the militant group earlier on Saturday claimed responsibility for vandalism of the pipelines that convey crude to the Bonny and Brass export terminals.
Soldiers were said to have laid siege to the community since the early hours of Saturday.
Witnesses said immediately they arrived the community, they started shooting indiscriminately, causing more confusion in the riverine town and made the villager to run it inside the bush.
Former militant warlord, Governtement Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, is from Oporoza and members of the Niger Delta Avengers, are believed to be operating from there.
Ijaw leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, confirm the incident.
“Soldiers have started shooting in Oporoza as I speak to you now, I do not know the casualty, but they are shooting right now, the whole town is in turmoil.
“I am crying on behalf of my people, we have been saying before now that we do not know what the military is looking for in Oporoza, they have come two times before now in the last few weeks. We said then that they were looking for excuse to start shooting, now they are shooting, we do not know what will happen after the shooting”, he said.
National President of Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, Austin Ozobo, also raised the alarm that soldiers were shooting in Oporoza and called on the Federal Government to call the soldiers to order.
The militant group earlier on Saturday claimed responsibility for vandalism of the pipelines that convey crude to the Bonny and Brass export terminals, late Friday night, Bayelsa State.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Obuebite, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, who confirmed the attack, condemned the twin attacks describing them as “one too many”.
“The blowing up of the trunk line is coming a few days after a similar oil facility operated by Chevron was blown up in Delta,’’ he said.
Mr. Obuebite lamented the economic impact of destruction of the key oil facility and wondered why the militants would go to that extent, knowing the economic implication to the state and the country.
He said in spite concerted efforts of the government to move against such atrocities, the militants were still unrepentant in their acts of vandalism.
Mr. Obuebite urged the group to embrace dialogue rather than the current approach to register their grievances.
He noted that the oil spill adversely affected those who reside in those areas.
The commissioner also called on security agencies to be more alert and to devise new means to protect very important oil and gas facilities in order to prevent further destructions
Mr. Obuebite urged Bayelsa residents, especially those in oil communities to be very vigilant and work closely with security agencies to apprehend anyone or group attempting to undermine key national assets.