Last night, soldiers invaded Okpelama community, Gbaramatu kingdom, Delta State, in search of militants who commenced bombing of crude oil and gas pipelines few hours after a court ordered the arrest of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
The soldiers are also keeping surveillance on Kurutie, the hometown of Tompolo and Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom. Tompolo, however, has continued to plead his innocence in the attacks, saying he did not carry out any bombing and did not send anybody to destroy oil installations. .
He insisted that his enemies sponsored the mayhem to spite him. The soldiers reportedly stormed the community with gunboats at about 10.45pm and broke into homes of the villagers, many of whom scampered into the bush on sighting them as they alighted at the jetty front.