Military men have stormed Oporoza community, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, Monday morning in search of militants that claimed responsibility last week for the bombing of Chervon oil installations.
The soldiers were said to have invaded the home base of the former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, at the early hours of Monday, in two gunboats in search of members of Niger Delta Avenger.
The military men, who came at about 12.30 am while the people were asleep laid siege to the community till about 5.00 am.
A source said the army reportedly acted on intelligence information that the militants had secretly converged on the community.
It could not be confirmed any arrest was made or not.
However, the Pere (traditional ruler) of Gbaramatu Kingdom, HRM Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadaba, said he was scared of the action of the military men.
He promised to mediate in the face-off between the Federal Government and Tompolo despite his dissatisfaction with the neglect of the kingdom by government.
President Muhammad Buhari had given security agencies in the country a matching order to track down the rampaging Niger-Delta Avengers over the weekend following the group claims, it will carry bombing Pipelines in the Niger Delta region.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, has called on communities in the Niger Delta to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in the protection of the oil and gas assets in the region.
Boroh said while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday that everybody should be involved in security as consequences of insecurity would affect all.
He said, “Security is everybody’s responsibility because the implications and consequences of insecurity equally affect everyone. The Presidential Amnesty Programe is a security stabilisation programme and is not responsible for the placement and deployment of security personnel in the oil and gas facilities and assets of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta.
“Individuals and communities therefore have their role to play to complement government’s effort to ensure peace and security, which are sine qua non for development of the region.
“The call for persons with grievances to embrace dialogue is not an indication of weakness on the part of the government or managers of the Amnesty Programme.
“Rather, we are in a democracy and people should be allowed to ventilate their grievances without recourse to violence. If their complaints are genuine and reasonable, they will be looked into.”
Boroh also said that he had confidence in the ability of the military and security agencies to apprehend those behind the attack on oil and gas pipelines in the region.