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Some Military guys hold me captive, says Delta monarch

The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty Oboro Gbaraun II, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue him and his kingdom from the military.

The monarch, who expressed fear for the safety of his life, regretted what he called the misery in the communities under his domain, following military incursions. The Pere said he was under “house arrest” because he could not leave his palace Several other prominent residents have made similar calls, alleging military intimidation of innocent people.

But military sources at the 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Benin, the Edo State capital, the formation leading the military operations in Gbaramatu communities, denied claims of intimidation.

The sources said such claims were aimed at getting sympathy and demonising the Army to get security personnel out of the areas.

The king spoke on Sunday when the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), visit his palace at Oporoza.

Gbaraun, who expressed misgiving about persistent occupation of his kingdom and the sad experience of the 2009 bombing by the military, said he felt threatened by the presence of the military in Oporoza.

According to him, nobody knows what will befall the kingdom as the military occupied the homes vacated by his people.

King Gbaraun said: “They (soldiers) …beat up the people, looted our homes, descended on our people, humiliated my people and even injured an 80-year-old chief. Some women are even looking for their children.

“I sit down here, seeing the military parade my people as if they were criminals. I am in deep pains. I cannot move out of this palace. In fact, I am under arrest. All my chiefs have run away from the community. I am here alone and I don’t know what will happen to me next. The soldiers are now the owners of this kingdom.

“We are a peace-loving kingdom but I don’t know why the government is treating me this way. You don’t have to judge a kingdom from Abuja or Lagos. You have to come down, like you are here; come down and see for yourself. But they are judging us from Abuja and Lagos. Help us to rescue that old man and myself. I am in danger, as you can see. You met me here in the dark; I am in the dark.

“Before this time, I had told them that we were prepared to work with the government. We have been working with government before now and I don’t know why they are treating us this way. I am in the dark. They switched off the generator that supplies electricity. There is no water; even since morning, I have not taken my bath. I am afraid. No member of my community is around. They have invaded my palace, claimed some houses. I want to say that I am in danger.”

Other communities currently under military watch in the kingdom include Benikrukru, Kokodiagbene, Kurutie and Okerenkoko, all in Warri Southwest Local Government Area.

The residents said their lives were no longer safe because they were subjected to hardship while a number of persons had not been accounted for since they ran into the bush.

Such people, it was learnt, include students, the elderly and children.

“Their continued visits are posing serious threats to the communities. We are living in bondage. Gbaramatu Kingdom is host to oil and gas facilities and not to members of Niger Delta Avengers (NDA),” the Chairman of Kokodiagbene community, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, said yesterday.

Boroh noted that the military was in Oproza to “cordon and search” for arms and other military-related items in the hands of hoodlums as well as keep the peace.

The presidential aide also said the military would ensure stability without molesting the residents, adding that the recent pipeline bombings by NDA members was the major reason the soldiers were in the area.

He described the activities of NDA members as “economic sabotage”, adding that they were affecting the economy.

Boroh said: “It is important because the activities (of NDA) in this area are affecting the economy of the country. They are affecting our land. They are affecting all of us and the government is very concerned about these. We cherish peace and we believe peace is the most important thing we all will enjoy.

“The presence of the military here is also for peace. We didn’t come to create scenes. They came to ensure stability. I want us to key into them. I am also of the military background. I understand that when an order of this nature is given, they will just be around as a deterrent force to ensure there is peace and stability. People should not be afraid of their presence.

“So, I have come to discuss issues of peace with you so that there can be stability in the region.”

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