2009 GBARAMATU BOMBARDMENT AND THE CRY TO REBUILD HOUSES

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Seven years after the gruesome bombardment of Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State by the Nigerian military, Miss Juliet Singlewire cries out to the Federal Government and contractors to rebuild her family block buildings that was bombarded during the 2009 massacre.

While Speaking to Gbaramatu Voice Newspaper correspondent on the incident, Miss Juliet alleges that the family of Mr. Singlewire Ayetan in Okerenkoko, a major community in Gbaramatu kingdom lost three block buildings to the devastating event.

According to her, the gloomy scenario has brought untold hardship to the family, stressing that it has been seven years that they can’t freely go to the community as there is no house for them to sleep, stating that they have become foreigners in their own land.

She particularly appealed to the state Government, Federal Government and the contractors assigned to rebuild the houses to as a matter of urgency come to their aide to rebuild the family’s three block buildings of three bathroom flats each to save them from the barrage of hardship and homelessness.

“How we have become foreigners in our community, we cannot go home because we don’t have anywhere to sleep,this is about 7 (seven) years that we have been battling without a house in our hometown, we have suffered enough due to the bombardment, it becomes more annoying when some of those houses that where bombarded at the same time with our houses have been built without attending to our three block houses, we don’t know why it has to be so, is it because we are not strong enough” Juliet said.

Wondering on the reason why her family houses have not been built before now, she expresses her displeasure on the exercise, saying that it becomes more worrisome when some buildings that where bombarded at same time with her family properties have been reconstructed while leaving theirs unattended,  wondering why the Singlewire case has to be different.

It would be recalled that Gbaramatu kingdom was massively bombarded by the Nigerian military following the directives of the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yara’ Adua during the hunt for militants in the Niger Delta Region in 2009.

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