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Orlu Crisis: Ndigbo group faults deployment of troops

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The factional leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chidi Ibeh, has said that the Governor of Imo, Hope Uzodimma would be held responsible for deaths in the Orlu crisis.

Speaking through his media aide, Kalu Uduma on Tuesday, Ibe faulted the military’s involvement in addressing civil issue.

He said: “We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to take appropriate actions to ensure there’s dialogue between him and IPOB, as what’s good for the goose is also for the gander.

“Governor Uzodimma should be wary of the verdict of history. Whatever decisions taken today in the cause of protecting lives and properties should not involve military operations in civil disobedience or self-determination. Ndigbo will hold the governor accountable for any life lost in Imo State under any circumstances.”

The Igbo National Congress (INC) has called on Uzodimma to halt military involvement so that the matter would not escalate beyond control.

The group kicked the invasion of Orlu communities by security operatives.

The statement was issued on Tuesday by the President, Chilos Godsent,

The statement reads: “It may not be to the best interest of the Imo State and Federal Government to militarise any part of Igbo Nation in the disguise of fighting pro-Biafra agitators.

“The police have the capacity to tackle crime in any part of Nigeria, if well mobilised and given a free hand to operate.”