Breaking: Nigerian army renews siege on Oporoza

– Nigerian army returned to Oporoza in search for
militants, Tompolo
– The locals confirmed the development while many of
them fled into the bush again
Less then 72 hours after the Nigerian army ended six-day
siege on the Oporoza community, the soldiers have
returned to traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu
Kingdom, Warri South-West local government Aarea, Delta
state.
Vanguard source 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.”
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“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.”
Another security source who was surprised over the
presence of the military added: “ There is nothing wrong in
soldiers going back to Oporoza if they got more intelligence
information on the perpetrators and their modus
operandi.”
The troops searched the Oporoza Guesthouse, which they
ransacked earlier and other strategic places.
Chief Godspower Gbenekama, Ijaw leader, also confirmed
to Vanguard that soldiers raided Oporoza earlier today, but
at about 7.57 am, another leader from the area, Piniki
Azaiye, said: “They just left now without harassing
anybody.”
The soldiers raided the communities in search for the ex-
militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo,
who has many times denied link with Niger Delta Avengers
in the last few weeks.
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For many years criminal groups in the Niger Delta have
extorted and bombed oil installations for profit.
However, the Avengers seem to be more interested in
undermining the government of President Muhammadu
Buhari.

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