The Nigerian military reportedly invaded Oporoza community in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State in the hours of Saturday, May 28, 2016.
According to Sahara Reporters, the military arrived the community in at least four warships in search of Niger Delta Avengers.
In another report by Vanguard Newspaper, the army had laid siege and started shooting sporadically at about 8.44 am, causing more confusion in the riverine town.
Speaking to Vanguard, the Ijaw leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, said “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.”
Speaking further, Gbenekama said,’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.’
It was further reported that villagers had run into the forest to seek cover on sighting the military men, who reportedly came in search of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, and members of the Niger Delta Avengers, have taken over the community.
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