The soldiers reportedly stormed the community in gunboats, and allegedly beat up residents, including an octogenarian community leader, Chief Atiti Mala, with the butt of a gun.
This happened at the wee hours of Saturday, invaded Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom.
The soldiers arrived at about 2am and were were still laying siege in the community as at 8.00 am, Vanguard reports. “They were asking the helpless villagers to produce former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, and members of the Niger Delta Avengers,” a youth leader told Vanguard. Ijaw leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, who confirmed the attack on Oporoza, said: “Information available to me is that the military invaded Oporoza again in the early hours of today. As I am speaking to you, they are still there molesting people.
“They have arrested many persons and villagers have fled into the bush, this is wrong, they are going to worsen issues with what they are doing. I posted on Facebook that they invaded Oporoza and a military called me to tell me that they would deal with me. “We are not safe, we have said it over and over that Gbaramatu people are not synonymous with Niger Delta Avengers, they should leave my people along. “If they want to kill me, let them go ahead, but I will continue to say the truth, why are they harassing my people, they should harass the militants whose activities we condemn,”