– Governor Hope Uzodinma said the airstrike in the Orlu community was not to “crush” his people
– The Imo state governor said the military personnel were invited to prevent a repeat of EndSARS
– The governor made the revelation after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock villa, Abuja on Tuesday
Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo, has finally opened up on why his government invited the military personnel to Orlu community of the state.
The governor, defending the airstrike, said he did not attempt to “crush” the people of the state but to bring peace to the community and Imo state at large against ensuing bedlam, The Nation reports.
It would be recalled that soldiers were seen in Orlu on Thursday, February 18, with military choppers flying in what created a scene of fear and pandemonium.
Residents said the army bombed some places, resulting in the death of innocent citizens of the community.
Earlier, the governor, speaking during a press briefing on Friday, February 19, the governor said he invited soldiers to Imo state to restore normalcy and set the affected community on the path of peace again.
Uzodinma, who spoke through the state’s attorney general Cyprain Akaolisa, said the government will no longer tolerate the activities of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement on Sunday, February 21, the Imo state commissioner for justice said some religious leaders of Cherubim and Seraphim and Sabbath Missions were arrested for helping IPOB.
Akaolisa further explained that the members of the Nnamdi Kanu-led group were perpetrating crimes in Orlu using the white garment churches as cover for their activities.
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