There is an influx of soldiers presently in Oporoza community, traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, this morning, less than 72 hours after they ended a six-day siege to the riverside town.
A source, who spoke to Vanguard at 6.40 am, said: “The soldiers are scattered all over the community, they are moving from place to place, we do not know what they came to do again.”
“Most of the young people fled into the bush again, but some women and elderly ones, who could not run waited behind to know what they came for this time around. I am seeing about 50 soldiers, though I am not sure of the exact number,” he said.
A security source, who wondered why there was fuss over soldiers performing their lawful duty, asserted: “There is nothing wrong in soldiers going back to Oporoza if they got more intelligence information on the perpetrators and their modus operandi.”
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Vanguard learned that soldiers searched the Oporoza Guesthouse, which they ransacked earlier and other strategic places. Former militant leader, Government Ekpumupolo, alias Tompolo, who some persons fingered in the ongoing attacks by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, despite his strong denials, had his space in the lodge turned upside down in the previous visit.
Ijaw leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, confirmed to Vanguard that soldiers stormed Oporoza earlier today, but at about 7.57 am, another leader from the area, Piniki Azaiye, hinted” They just left now without harassing anybody.”