Leaders of the communities say several students who ran into the bush because of the invasion were yet to be found, adding that the academic session had been entirely disrupted.
Speaking to newsmen at the weekend in Warri, Delta State, Chairman of Kokodiagbene Community, Warri South-West Local Government Council, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, stated that due to the prevailing situation, all schools in the area had been shut. He appealed to both the Federal and State Governments to step in and arrest the situation.
In the same vein, other leaders and residents of the communities equally appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), to stop the bombing of pipelines, as according to them, aside causing a dip in crude production, the ecosystem is badly affected and this would pave the way for the continued occupation of the region by the military.
They said it was unfortunate and sad that the harbouring of oil and gas installations had become a curse rather than a blessing to the communities, claiming that these communities were completely neglected and their environment bastardized as a result of many years of oil exploration and exploitation activities. They maintained that no amount of intimidation and harassment by the military would make them run away from their land.
They cautioned the military to tread softly in their search for ‘Avengers’ in order not to hurt innocent citizens and use more of intelligence and professionalism in their search for the renegades.
‘’It is also imperative to raise the alarm that an ethnicity crisis is looming in the Delta creeks because the enemies of the kingdom are the ones fueling the pipeline vandalism and military invasion.
‘’It is clear from the ongoing assaults and mindless abuse of human rights that the intention of the Nigerian Army is to wipe out everything that has life in Gbaramatu kingdom.’’