BY EMMA AMAIZE
WARRI— VICTIMS of the Joint Task Force, JTF, May 19, 2009 invasion of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State have allegedly resorted to oil bunkering to eke out a living.
President of the Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities, FNDIC, Chief Bello Oboko, who disclosed this at a low-key ceremony in Warri to mark the fourth anniversary of the bombardment, said soldiers destroyed the homes and means of livelihood of the villagers in the affected Ijaw communities.
He lamented that since then, neither the federal nor state government had rebuilt the houses and people were wandering about homeless.
Four years ago, military authorities endorsed a search for the militants, who killed nine soldiers in a gun battle, which led to the bombardment of Okerenkoko, Oporoza and other Ijaw communities.