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Uzodimma imposes curfew in 10 LGAs after clash between soldiers and IPOB security outfit

admin | January 25, 2021

Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo, has imposed a 12-hour curfew in 10 local government areas (LGAs) following a clash between soldiers and members of the security network set up by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Four residents were allegedly shot dead in Orlu, Imo state, as a result of a clash between officers of the Nigerian army and the Eastern Security Network (ESN), established by IPOB.
In a statement on Monday, Uzodimma expressed shock over the killings which he attributed to a group of “militants”.

He also promised that those found culpable would be brought to book, and added that in order to restore peace to Orlu, a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed on some local government areas.

He advised all citizens to adhere to the curfew as anyone caught violating it would be treated as a suspect.

“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,” he said.

“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.

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