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Ex-Militants attack: Fresh tension in Niger Delta

Niger Delta

As a follow up to the  court order calling for the arrest of the ex-militant chief Government Tompolo and alleged non-payment of allowance, ex-militants attacked drivers and other road road users along Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway, snatching people’s belongings.

Sources say the incident stirred chaos, as drivers abandoned their vehicles, running to save their lives.

According to The Sun, angry ex-militants who were armed with dangerous weapons set fire at the centre of the road between the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Secretariat down to Waterlines Junction.

Eyewitnesses say the ex-militants chanted “pay us our money”, as they attacked road users. Reportedly they had accused their leaders of not paying them the exact amount earmarked for them.

However, the police have assured residents that the situation has been brought under control.

The police spokesman, Ahmad Muhammad, urged the people of Port Harcourt to be calm, stressing that calm has been restored around the area.

The incident reportedly caused gridlock along the busy Aba road, as those who abandoned their cars on the road took a while before returning to drive them away.

There is great tension in Delta state following the renewed hostilities by some militants in the state.  A The militants within the region in their bid to send a message returned to acts of vandalism, forcing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to close the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries.

It will be recalled that the  gas pipelines of Chevron Nigeria was blown up in Delta state last week which led to daily loss of 600 mega watts of electricity.

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