Fear grips Orlu residents as Nigerian Army deploys troops, helos against ESN
Charles Nwoke, Owerri, Nigeria
February 18, 2021
Serious anxiety gripped residents of Orlu and Orsu Local Government Area Councils of Imo State on Thursday as Nigerian Army commenced operations in search of the camps occupied by the men of the Eastern Security Network associated with Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a peaceful organization agitating for freedom, sovereignty, and self-governance whom Nigerian Federal Government proscribed and declared terrorists.
Babatunde Zubairu, the Public Relations Officer in charge of the 34 artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, Owerri, Imo state, who confirmed the operation, told newsmen that the residents were not being harassed or harmed.
He testified about the deployment of choppers and other military pieces of equipment in the operations.
The army spokesman disclosed that the operation sprouted out as a result of military intelligence and surveillance.
The operation according to information reaching us had created serious fear and anxiety among residents of those areas.
An indigene of Uda Orsuihiteukwa in Orlu Local Government Area Council who pleaded anonymity told newsmen that though no indigene was shot by the military during the operations, the raid on the area was causing serious panic among residents.
He narrated, “Situation is now calm in Udah, Orsuihiteukwa. Military helicopters have left my area a while ago after the surveillance mission. All security vans have left the Udah community for their respective bases.
“Civilians were not in any way harassed in the exercise. No casualties. The invasion may have been warranted by intelligence reports.
“The leaders and office bearers from Orlu zone should address this security instability in our zone now. This is not healthy for the progress and advancement of the biggest senatorial zone in Nigeria.”
It was gathered that there is a heavy presence of Military officers in Orlu, where the military and personnel of the Eastern Security Network had a faceoff on the 25 January this year.
Meanwhile, there are serious outcry and turmoil all over the Eastern part of Nigeria, which is the abode of the Igbo ethnic group, condemning and criticizing in its entirety the military invasion and attack in Orlu and Orsu Local Government Area Councils of Imo State respectively.
Many questioned the essence of the fierce military raid and operations in the peaceful land of the East (Igbo), against the people agitating for their sovereignty and freedom; whereas bandits and terrorists are over there in the northern parts of the country killing, raping, kidnapping and unleashing mayhem on the people on daily basis, and the military is doing nothing reasonable to curtail the security challenges.