Army/ESN Clash: Hunger takes centre stage in Orlu, others

…Govt imposes dusk to dawn curfew

…Soldiers block entry points

…Nnamdi Kanu attributes havoc to Buhari, Fulani

Following the duck to dawn curfew imposed in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State by the state Government over the battle between the members of the Eastern Security Network and Nigerian soldiers which had taken some lives, hunger has already taken centre stage in the area.

Our reporter assigned to the area revealed that Orlu people who are predominantly business people who after the day’s business buy food items from the plethora of local Markets in the area now find it difficult to make living following the imposition of the curfew by the state Government.

Nigeria Army who in the bid to fish out the said members of the Eastern Security Network founded by the Indigenous people of Biafra( IPOB) to protect the Eastern part of Nigeria from invasion of the Fulani Herdsmen in their hideout in one of the villages in Orlu, Umutanze precisely were attacked by the security persons, an act which as reported took lives of some of the soldiers.

Speaking on the issue, the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu blamed the federal Government and President Buhari in particular of the havoc in Orlu while accusing Fulani Herders of plot to take over the country.

Kanu who through his Twitter made it clear that if the Fulanis as well as the Presidency have no ulterior motive against the South East, why should they query the security network introduced in Igbo land to protect lives.

Following disturbing report on the activities of a group of militants that unleashed mayhem at residents of Orlu in Imo State, killing and maiming innocent citizens in the process, Governor Hope Uzodimma has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the affected areas just as he ordered the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators without fail.

He said the curfew is an interim measure to immediately restore the peace in Orlu area. It will start  at 6 pm and end at 6 am daily and affects; Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, NjabaIsuNwangele and Nkwerre local government areas of Orlu zone.

Addressing a news conference on the matter on Monday, Governor Uzodimma said the perpetrators of the carnage were out to paint a picture of near break down of law and order in Orlu area, noting that government condemns in its entirety acts of extreme hooliganism and brigandage.

The governor advised the residents of the affected LGAs to cooperate fully with the curfew as anyone who violates it will be treated as a suspect.

Governor Uzodimma said that security agencies have been directed to carry out a 24-hour patrol and that law abiding citizens can go about their businesses without fear of molestation.

The governor further condoles with the families of the bereaved and assured them that those who committed the heinous crime against them and their loves ones will not go unpunished.

Governor Uzodimma’s address read in full:  

“This afternoon, I received a very disturbing report on the activities of a group of Militants who unleashed a shooting spree in the Orlu area of the state, killing and maiming innocent citizen in the process.

“I am totally appalled by this sad report which appears to paint a picture of near breakdown of law and order in the Orlu area. The government condemns in its entirety this act of extreme hooliganism and brigandage. This is completely unacceptable to this administration. Those behind this callous barbarism will surely regret their actions.

Consequently, I have directed the security agencies to fish out without fail, all those behind the carnage and immediately bring them to book. Let no one be in any doubt that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will ever escape justice. I assure them that they will pay for their cruelty against a peace loving, innocent people.

“As an interim measure to immediately restore the peace in Orlu zone, a dusk to dawn curfew (6 pm to 6 am) is hereby imposed in the following Local Government Areas of Orlu zone; namely; Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwerre.

“All law-abiding citizens are advised to comply strictly with the curfew as announced. Anyone caught violating the curfew will be treated as a suspect.

“The government wants to assure all Imo people that the situation in Orlu area is under control. Security operatives have been deployed on a 24-hour patrol of the zone. Equally, every security measure necessary has been put in place to ensure that law-abiding citizens can go about their businesses in the affected areas without any fear of molestation.

 “The government sincerely condoles with the families of the bereaved and all the victims of the unfortunate incident. I assure them that those who committed the heinous crime against them and their loved ones will never go unpunished. “

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