Following the continuous military activity in certain parts of Orlu Senatorial District of Imo, the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has demanded that his administration would not respect pressure from those calling for the withdrawal of soldiers from the emergency ridden zone.
The governor expressed that he welcomed soldiers in Orlu to reestablish calm nearby after individuals from the prohibited Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), murdered a few police officers and residents nearby.
Uzodimma, who gave the clarification through the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Equity, Barr. Cyprain Akaolisa, at a press instructions in Owerri, said the account that guiltless individuals were being murdered by the military was proposed to move consideration from the abhorrent exercises of IPOB in Orlu.
As per the governor, the public authority found that there were conscious endeavors by IPOB to assault Orlu individuals and the public authority in the pretense that they were searching for Fulani herders.
These assaults, he said, began during the #Endsars a year ago.
Uzodimma said, “The attacks on police stations and killing of policemen during #Endsars were carried out by IPOB and not protesting youths for the sole purpose of hijacking and stealing weapons.
“They are now using those arms to destroy Orlu.
“They killed 10 policemen, a prominent Orlu son, Ignatius Obiezu and one Emmanuel Okeke (Soludo) collected their Hilux vehicles
“The IPOB also shot and killed four Moslems doing their business in Orlu.
“IPOB said they were looking for herdsmen, but these victims they killed before the crisis, were they herdsmen?
“We heard Nnamdi Kanu celebrating the activities of his men in Orlu that they are doing well by killing innocent citizens. There’s no Fulani herdsmen in Orlu.
“So, we asked ourselves, what is the colouration that IPOB is trying to give this onslaught in Orlu?
“That’s why our government decided to invite military to flush out IPOB and their so called ESN.
“We discovered that there was a camp which IPOB established at Umutanze, Orlu and we sent police to dislodge them. But, it happened that they attacked the policemen and killed two of them. It was after they killed those policemen that government had to bring in the military.
“It was not easy for the military to push them out of that place. But the military succeeded. That was why they came on a reprisal attack and killed the innocent ones.
“They also relocated to Udah in Orsu LGA, a camp at a boundary between Imo and Anambra States. The place is a very depressed groove that no one can easily enter.
“For the past two weeks, surveillance was monitoring that place and there were more than 200 people being trained in that camp. The military had to deploy their arsenal to diminish the IPOB people there.””
The governor communicated shock that individuals could call for withdrawal of warriors from Orlu.
“We can’t do that. We can’t fold our arms for these boys to continue to kill people every day