Panic hits Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State on Monday as residents fled their homes as soldiers went berserk, shooting sporadically.
The shootings erupted following a clash with suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its outfit, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
It was gathered that about 10 people were feared dead, according to eyewitnesses.
A viral video showed bodies lying on the streets as if one is watching Iraq war or Syria crisis
The video also showed soldiers lying on the ground and appearing to take aim their targets
Many houses and shops were reportedly burnt in reprisal attack by soldiers following the alleged killing of one of them.
Following the shootings, Governor Hope Uzodimma declared a dusk to dawn curfew in nine of the affected council
He called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators without fail.
The governor said the curfew was imposed to immediately restore the peace in the area.
The governor said: “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.
“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.
“Let no one be in any doubt that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will ever escape justice. I assure them that they will pay for their cruelty against a peace-loving, innocent people.”
“Every security measure necessary has been put in place to ensure that law-abiding citizens can go about their businesses in the affected areas without any fear of molestation.
“The government sincerely condoles with the families of the bereaved and all the victims of the unfortunate incident.
“I assure them that those who committed the heinous crime against them and their loved ones will never go unfurnished,” the governor said.
A former minister of aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said: “The clash between soldiers and members ESN in Orlu, Imo State has resulted in some deaths & this is unfortunate.
“I call for restraint on both sides. The soldiers ought to be deployed against killer herdsmen and not ESN. When will Buhari learn?”