Residents living around Elekahia area of Port Harcourt say they heard intense gunshots Saturday night.

It is not yet known who was behind the shooting that lasted for about 30 minutes.

Of late, there has been no reported case of gangland clashes in the State, following improved security measures put in place by the system..

The Telegraph learnt late last night through a resident at Elekahia that yesterday’s shooting was really intense.

The source who called the Telegraph said, “We are hearing gunshots . It is heavy. People here are suspecting that those shots are coming from the direction of Eneka.”

“The shooting has lasted for about 30 minutes”, the source added before hanging up.

Recall that a full-scale war has been launched against illegal refining and illegal bunkering activities by the Rivers State Government.

Governor Nyesom Wike had announced on New Day that his administration would not rest until those who are behind the spread of the black soot are flushed outm

Security operatives are in the meantime, combing parts of the state, including suburbs surrounding the State capital, in search of Kpofire refineries that are being used by oil thieves to refine certain petroleum products.

The activity of Kpofire operators is believed to be responsible for the black soot that is becoming an environmental and health hazard.

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Some illegal oil refiners operating in the State are believed to be armed with sophisticated weapons.

Security agents are reporting huge successes in the war against spreaders of the black soot, particularly in the Emohua and Ikwerre Local Government areas.