Why I invited soldiers to Orlu, Governor Uzodinma finally speaks; tackles IPOB
- Governor Hope Uzodinma has broken silence on the army's invasion on Orlu community
- The governor said the military personnel were invited by the government to curb the excess of the IPOB, a proscribed group
- According to the governor, IPOB is responsible for the death of many police officers and innocent citizens
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Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo has lifted the lids on the presence of operatives of the Nigerian Army in Orlu community of the state.
During a press briefing on Friday, February 19, the governor said he invited soldiers to Imo state to restore normalcy and set the affected community on the path of peace again.
It would be recalled that soldiers were seen in Orlu on Thursday, February 18, with military choppers flying in what created a scene of fear and pandemonium.
Residents said the army bombed some places, resulting in the death of innocent citizens of the community.
Uzodinma, who spoke through the state's attorney general and commissioner for justice, Barr Cyprain Akaolisa, said the government will no longer tolerate the activities of the Nnamdi Kanu-led proscribed group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), The Nation reports.
He said the IPOB is responsible for the deaths of many innocent citizens and security operatives and their action is posing a threat to the peace of Orlu and Imo state.
“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."
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Meanwhile, in his position as the chairman of the Southwest Governors' Forum (SWGF), Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has dabbled into the mounting ethnic tension in Shasha community of Ibadan, Oyo state.
In a statement on Sunday, February 14, Governor Akeredou maintained that all hands must be on deck, warning that actions stoking ethnic tension in the southwest will not be condoned by the government.
It would be recalled that in a clash that trailed the farmer-herder crisis in Oyo state, aggrieved Hausa and Yoruba people on Saturday, February 13, attacked one another in a tragic uprising that led to wanton destruction.
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