The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has imposed dusk to dawn curfew in nine local government areas in Orlu Zone to check the rising insecurity in the area.There are reports of a clash between IPOB’s Eastern Security Network and troops from the Nigerian Army.
The governor took the action after what he called “the activities of a group of militants that unleashed mayhem at residents of Orlu in Imo State”.
Not less that two people have died.
Affected by the curfew are Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwerre local government areas of Orlu zone.
Although, the public relations officer of the Imo state police command, Orlando Ikeokwu said he has not gotten the details of the incident, he confirmed the clash which took place on Monday afternoon.
The Governor has directed for the deployment of security agencies to restore peace and order in the areas.
The governor further sympathizes 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 Uzodinma’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.
“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 unfurnished. “