The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, has justified the Nigerian military operation against Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in some parts of Orlu.
Acccording to him, his administration would not yield to pressure from those calling for withdrawal of soldiers.
He noted that the troops were invited to restore peace to the community following the killings of Policemen and citizens by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
Speaking through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cyprain Akaolisa, at a press briefing in Owerri, Uzodinma said the narrative that innocent people were being killed by the military was false.
He complained that there were attempts by IPOB to attack Orlu people and the government in the hiding under were looking for Fulani herdsmen.
“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.”