Schools, both secondary and primary, as well as health centres, in Okerenkoko, Oporoza, Kurutie, Kunukunumam, Egboba, Benikurukuru, Egwa, Abitte, Tebijoh and other Ijaw communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, have been forced to shut down following the over two-week siege to the riverine communities by soldiers hunting for pipeline bombers.
Teachers and health workers have also fled the communities and vowed not to return until peace returns to the kingdom. In addition, churches have also dispersed.
Also deserted were Okerenkoko Grammar School, Okerenkoko; Oporoza Grammar School, Oporoza and primary schools in all the mentioned communities, as well as health centres in Okerenkoko and Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
Four sick villagers collapsed at Opudebubor community on Friday, and there were no medical personnel to assist them because of the prevailing situation. Relatives of the victims tried to convey them to Warri more than 12 hours after the incident.
Meanwhile, residents of Sandfield I and 2, Ogbogbene and other Ijaw villages in Warri overside, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, and Committee for Rural Development have raised alarm over indiscriminate shootings by security operatives in their areas.