Why We Invited Military to Orlu – Hope Uzodinma

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Why We Invited Military to Orlu - Hope Uzodinma
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Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma on Tuesday defended the airstrike in Orlu, saying it was not meant to “crush” his people but to prevent a repeat of last October’s #EndSARS protests in the state.

Uzodimma explained that protests and the escalation of criminal activities that trailed the #EndSARS protests necessitated his invitation of the military.

He particularly said the situation within Orlu axis had gone beyond what could be handled locally.

The governor spoke with reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

It was however unclear if the President summoned Uzodimma over his feud with the lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as well as the military operation in Orlu or not.

Nigerian Air Force jets had last week raided parts of Orlu suspected to be hideouts of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the security arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Although IPOB denied the arrest of any of members in Orlu, it was gathered that nine ESN operatives were remanded last week at a correctional centre by Owerri Magistrate Court 16 for murder.

 

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