Tension gripped Gbaramatu kingdom and other parts of Warri, Delta state, after suspected former militants blew up a gas pipeline in Warri South-West local government area on Thursday, January 14.
The Nation reports that multiple explosions also rocked several oil installations in Gbaramatu kingdom, barely hours after a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered security operatives to arrest Niger Delta ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
Speaking with Vanguard, a resident from one of the Ijaw communities said that people were sleeping with their eyes open throughout the night as bombs boomed everywhere.
“They blew up the gas pipeline from Escravos to Warri – Lagos and Abuja at three different points. They struck at Opudebubor, Okpelama and Kpokpo area, Chanomi creek and Sahara, behind Chevron Nigeria Limited.”
“We do not know what is going to happen next, but there is tension since last night over the bombing and many residents are afraid that it will continue. Some are already fleeing their communities because they suspect that government would deploy security agents to hunt for those bombing the pipelines and they do not want to be caught in the ensuing crossfire,” he said.
Addressing those who are still dissatisfied with the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson, the former militant leader said:
“I want to admonish those that are still aggrieved as a result of the outcome of the election not to resort to destruction of national assets, especially crude oil facilities and pipelines and attribute it to me because of my position on the election.”
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