Death, Destruction in Imo State As Troops, Youths Clash

Death, Destruction in Imo State As Troops, Youths Clash

  • Some lives have been lost as troops and youths engage in fierce battle in Ohaji Egbema local government area
  • The problem was alleged to have started when a soldier was ambushed and killed by some unknown people
  • Meanwhile, the soldiers were reported to have invaded the community in a reprisal attack, burn houses

In another heartbreak for Nigeria, soldiers and youths in Etekuru, Ohaji Egbema local government area of Imo state have clashed following a misunderstanding.

Punch Newspaper reports that it started when a soldier was ambushed and killed, and his rifle was stolen.

Tension as troops and youths clash in Imo state
Troops and youths clash in Imo state. Photo: Nigeria Army
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In a reprisal, soldiers invaded the community and burnt houses.

According to the report, the attack led to the death of three persons, including two military men, and burning of tens of houses in the community.

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The latest development caused tension in the community, making many flee their houses.

He had also yet to respond to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma has expressed shock over the killing of three traditional rulers in Imo state on Tuesday, October 10.

Speaking to journalists at Government House, Owerri in an interview monitored by Legit.ng on Tuesday night, October 19 after the attack, the governor said:

“The situation is very pathetic. The situation is condemnable. This is a new dimension to the banditry in the state where they have to now begin to attack traditional rulers gathered in a hall.”

Reacting to the incident, an indigene of the state, Onwuzuruike Uche told Legit.ng:

Names of monarchs killed revealed

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Legit.ng had earlier reported that the names of the monarchs killed have been released by the Imo state police command.

The monarchs are Eze E. Anayochukwu Durueburuo, Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community.

The police spokesperson in the state, Mike Abattam, said the two monarchs were confirmed dead on the spot while the wounded have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Southeast monarchs ask Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu

Meanwhile, traditional rulers in the southeast region of Nigeria have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The monarchs specifically told the president to release the separatist leader to them and religious leaders in the region.

Kanu is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Source: Legit.ng

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