Niger Delta militants on Wednesday night continued with their renewed hostilities but this time on security force, killing seven persons including four civilians working for an oil company in the area.
The incident happened around the creeks of Efe-Ugbokodo in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State at about 7pm, Wednesday. The militants who stormed the military location in two speedboats took the soldiers unawares killing shooting anyone on sight before fleeing.
A military source who confirmed the incident to our correspondent said the gunmen, who fired sporadically, killed three soldiers who were providing security for staff of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) who were carrying out maintenance services on oil facilities. The gunmen also ensured that the houseboat was sank before leaving.
The gunmen, it was gathered stormed the location with two speedboats and sank the houseboat after their operation.
A relative of one of the civilian victims, Richard Ebiayaidou, identified his late sibling as Tombra Iwoboibi. A caterer attached to NPDC.
Richard, a student of the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, who was at the Warri Central Hospital, to identify the corpse of his late relative, wailed profusely that his family has been doomed.
He lamented that the Tombra, was responsible for his education, calling on the federal government to expedite action towards ending the renewed militancy in the region as it was already affecting their people. The Public Relations Officer (PRO), Warri Central Hospital, Mrs. Success Obere, confirmed that the hospital received 7 corpses Wednesday’s midnight.
According to Obere, dead bodies received by the hospital management include three soldiers, four civilians of which two are males. Although, no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, sources said it was carried out by militants suspected to be members of the Niger Delta Avengers. Efforts to confirm the incident from Col. Isa Ado, spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) proved abortive as he neither pick calls nor reply SMS sent to his telephone lines.
Meanwhile, humanitarian crisis has started ravaging troubled Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Chief Godspower Gbenekama, who raised the alarm yesterday in Warri, however urged the federal government to withdraw the military from their communities.
Gbenekama, who is the spokesman of Gbaramatu Kingdom, denied the involvement of the youths of the area in the activities of the militant group.
Their appeal came following further deployment of military on Thursday to the creeks over killings of soldiers during Wednesday’s attack on a military houseboat.
According to Gbenekama, “As I speak, there are many refugees in my residence in Warri. It is difficult catering for them, the whole place is full. They cannot even find where to sleep and feeding is another problem. That is for those who managed to get to Warri.
“What of those still stranded in the bush? It is more difficult for them, no accommodation and medical care and I am surprised that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who rode on the back of Gbaramatu people to power, is sleeping in Asaba, while soldiers are bullying those that voted him to power.”