Uzodimma Expresses Shock at Killing of Soldier, Destruction in Imo Community

Uzodimma Expresses Shock at Killing of Soldier, Destruction in Imo Community

  • A soldier was recently killed during a battle with IPOB/ESN members causing panic in Awommamma community, Imo state
  • The deceased was part of troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn who dispersed some IPOB members setting properties ablaze
  • Governor Hope Uzodimma who expressed shock at the ugly incident condemned the crisis that claimed the life of the soldier

The Imo government has condemned the killing of a soldier and the burning of houses in Awommamma in Oru East local government area of the state.

Declan Emelumba, the commissioner for information and strategy, in a statement made available to Legit.ng on Tuesday, November 23, described the ugly event as regrettable and avoidable.

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Imo government has condemned the murder of a soldier by unknown gunmen in Awo-Omamma, Oru East LGA of the state. Photo credit: Hope Uzodimma
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Recall that one gallant soldier was on Monday, November 22, killed during a gun battle in Awommamma, Oru East LGA of Imo state.

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He did not deserve o die

The southeast state government expressed shock and dismay over the events, adding that the soldier who was on a legitimate duty did not deserve to die such a gruesome death.

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The statement reads in part:

"On the other hand, Government deprecates reports of wanton destruction of property visited on the community by aggrieved soldiers. The indiscriminate burning of residential and businesses premises of innocent citizens was not an appropriate response since two wrongs will never make a right. Government has good reasons to believe that there is more to the sad event than meets the eyes.
"Consequently, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Executive Governor of Imo State has ordered a high powered investigation into the incident to unravel the cause of the crisis and the attendant loss of life and property.

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"Government therefore advises both parties to exercise utmost restraint and maintain the peace while the investigation lasts."

While offering heartfelt condolences to the family of the dead soldier, the state government sympathised with the victims of the crisis.

Traditional rulers shot dead during meeting in Imo

In a related development, gunmen opened fire on traditional rulers during a meeting at Njaba local government area in Imo state.

About three traditional rulers were feared to have died during the attack with several others wounded on Tuesday afternoon, October 19.

The spokesman of the Imo state police command, Mike Abatam, confirmed the attack, adding that three traditional rulers died while those who sustained gunshot injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Source: Legit.ng

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