Hostilities and sporadic shootings have allegedly resumed in the creeks following more attacks on oil facilities by youths believed to be loyalists of the ex-militant Chief Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo).
While the attacks accompanied with sporadic shootings in Gbaramatu Kingdom lasted, the entire Ijaw speaking communities in Delta State are under siege by thousands of military men.
In Gbaramatu the fierce looking military men heavily armed are seen brandishing their guns, while residents have allegedly deserted their homes for fear of the unknown.
However, the state commissioner of police, Mr. Alkale Baba Usman has assured the people of safety, saying that the police and the military were on top of the situation, but the fleeing residents have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the military men not to kill innocent persons.
The latest attacks could spread to Bayelsa State and other states of the region within days, if steps are not taken to stop the sinister plans of the angry Ijaw youths.
The joint media campaign centre co-coordinator of the JIF, Col. Isa Ado had told journalists in Warri, that the situation was becoming precarious hence more military men were deployed to Gbaramatu kingdom to ensure law and order.
Security sources have insisted that Tompolo and his nephew were directly in control of the operation along with his close allies and other supporters who allegedly led the destruction of oil facilities in Warri North local government area of the state on Thursday.
Investigation revealed that dozens of ex-militants have returned to creeks in Warri in what is believed to be preparation for more onslaughts on oil facilities, security operatives and communities.
Residents of Gbarmatu Kingdom who spoke to our correspondent said there has been heavy shootings inside the creeks.
Reports said that oil and gas pipelines in the creeks of Gbaramutu and Ugborodo areas of Warri, South West and those in Egbema north local government area were struck in the early hours of Sunday, leaving confusion and fear in the entire Ijaw communities.
Sources told LEADERSHIP that the ex-militants parade weapons more in number and sophistication than those used in previous crisis.
A source familiar with the terrain said: “Boats are not moving as they used to, shootings are in sporadic manners, the ex-militants were seen dressed in war attires, they are giving directives to their members and supporters but the soldiers are prepared to deal with them”.
Meanwhile the gas pipeline which runs from Alero Creeks to Escravos have been destroyed in the latest attacks, while several crude lines were sabotaged with Makaraba, Otunana Cilton-Nana, Abiteye and Diabi flow stations bombed by the militants.
It has been alleged that the crisis was apparently in reaction to last Thursday’s order by a Federal High Court for the arrest of Tompolo in connection with an alleged N34billion fraud.