Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has said he invited soldiers in Orlu to restore calm in the area after members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) killed ten policemen and citizens.
Uzodinma vowed that his administration would not yield to pressure from those calling for withdrawal of soldiers.
Speaking through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cyprain Akaolisa, at a press briefing in Owerri, Uzodimma said the narrative that innocent people were being killed by the military was totally false.
He said the government discovered that there were deliberate attempts by IPOB to attack Orlu people and the government in the guise that they were looking for Fulani herdsmen.
Uzodinma said the attacks on police stations and killing of security personnel during the End SARS riots were carried out by IPOB for the sole purpose of stealing weapons.
“They are now using those arms to destroy Orlu. They killed 10 policemen, a prominent Orlu son, Ignatius Obiezu and one Emmanuel Okeke (Soludo) collected their Hilux vehicles. The IPOB also shot and killed four Moslems doing their business in Orlu. IPOB said they were looking for herdsmen, but these victims they killed before the crisis, were they herdsmen?
“We heard Nnamdi Kanu celebrating the activities of his men in Orlu; that they are doing well by killing innocent citizens. There’s no Fulani herdsmen in Orlu. What is the colouration IPOB is trying to give this onslaught? That’s why our government decided to invite military to flush out IPOB and their so called ESN. We discovered that there was a camp which IPOB established at Umutanze, Orlu and we sent police to dislodge them.”