Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has justified the Nigerian navy operation in opposition to Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) in some components of Orlu.
Uzodinma vowed that his administration wouldn’t yield to strain from these calling for withdrawal of troopers.
The governor stated he invited troopers in Orlu to revive calm within the space after members of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) killed policemen and residents.
Uzodimma, who spoke by the Legal professional Normal and Commissioner for Justice, Cyprain Akaolisa, at a press briefing in Owerri, stated the narrative that harmless individuals had been being killed by the navy was false.
He stated the federal government found that there have been deliberate makes an attempt by IPOB to assault Orlu individuals and the federal government within the guise that they had been on the lookout for Fulani herdsmen.
Uzodinma stated the assaults on police stations and killing of safety personnel through the Finish SARS riots had been carried out by IPOB for the only real goal of stealing weapons.
“They’re now utilizing these arms to destroy Orlu. They killed 10 policemen, a distinguished Orlu son, Ignatius Obiezu and one Emmanuel Okeke (Soludo) collected their Hilux autos
“The IPOB additionally shot and killed 4 Moslems doing their enterprise in Orlu. IPOB stated they had been on the lookout for herdsmen, however these victims they killed earlier than the disaster, had been they herdsmen?
“We heard Nnamdi Kanu celebrating the actions of his males in Orlu; that they’re doing properly by killing harmless residents. There’s no Fulani herdsmen in Orlu. What’s the colouration IPOB is attempting to offer this onslaught?
“That’s why our authorities determined to ask navy to flush out IPOB and their so referred to as ESN. We found that there was a camp which IPOB established at Umutanze, Orlu and we despatched police to dislodge them.”
The governor stated IPOB attacked the policemen and killed two of them.
He recalled that after the navy succeeded in dislodging them, the members went on a reprisal and murdered individuals.
Uzodinma stated they relocated to Udah in Orsu LGA, a camp at a boundary between Imo and Anambra States.
He disclosed that the place was beneath surveillance for 2 weeks and it was found greater than 200 fighters had been being skilled.
The Imo authorities stated the navy needed to deploy their arsenal to decrease IPOB members individuals there.
Uzodinma acknowledged that his administration would watch and permit the killing of residents on a regular basis.
IPOB: Why I invited troopers to Orlu – Imo Gov, Uzodinma