Orlu Local Government area of Imo State is currently in turmoil as military men went on rampage, killing several civilians in revenge for their dead colleagues.
AUTHENTIC learnt that a group, Eastern Security Network (ESN) said to be an offshoot of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) set up by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had taken on the military men and killed a few days ago when the military came looking for them in the forest.
Our correspondent, who spoke with a resident in the community, learnt that the crisis had degenerated to a more worrisome situation, leading to shutting down of shops and market places.
The resident further said that the Orlu main town was impassable at the early hours of today due to military takeover and this, according to him, had resulted in several loss of lives.
He appealed to the state and federal government to quickly intervene to avoid more loss of lives, disclosing that the crisis had lasted for more than four days.
“There is confusion every where in Orlu LGA of Imo State, all markets deserted, I have been to International market, old market, Afo Ogidi, and Ogboshishi markets to see things for myself.”
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“The Nigerian army lost two of their officers to the ESN and have block the new Orlu Owerri road after harvesters hotel. Nobody know what will happen in the next minute. Stray bullet from the ESN made security personnel of Mawatec LTD desert their office. A vandalized Hilux van belonging to the police is seen by the road side in Ogboshishi market. As I write, there are gun shots been heard. Nigeria in gradually sliding into a state of war. God have mercy.” one of the eye witness said.
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