Panic in Orlu as army’s presence increases with accompanying helicopters

Tension and panic returned in Orlu and Orsu Local Government Areas of Imo State again on Thursday as the Nigerian military began operations in search of the camps occupied by the personnel of Eastern Security Network linked with Indigenous People of Biafra.

Babatunde Zubairu, the army spokesperson of the 34 artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo state, who confirmed the operation, said the locals were not being harassed.

He disclosed the deployment of helicopters and other military gadgets in the operations.

According to the army spokesperson, the operation was an offshoot of military intelligence.

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Uda Orsuihiteukwa, who is an indigene of Orlu Local Government Area told our correspondent that though no indigene was shot by the military, the operation was causing serious panic in the area.

He said, “Situation now calm in Udah, Orsuihiteukwa. Military helicopters have left my area a while ago after the surveillance mission. All security vans have left the Udah community for their respective bases.

“Civilians were not in any way harassed in the exercise. No casualties. The invasion may have been warranted by intelligence reports.

“The leaders and office bearers from Orlu zone should address this security instability in our zone now. This is not healthy for the progress and advancement of the biggest senatorial zone in Nigeria.”

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Situation in Orlu still indicated that there is heavy presence soldiers, where the military and ESN officials clashed on January 25.

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