Orlu: Imo governor imposes dusk to dawn curfew

Obinwannem News Orlu: Imo governor imposes dusk to dawn curfew

• Says situation under control

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has imposed a 12-hour curfew in 9 local government areas Orlu, Imo state.

However, the curfew was announced few hours after a alleged clash between soldiers and personnels of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Followingly, it was reported that four residents were shot dead in Orlu, Imo state, as a result of the said clash.

In a statement signed by governor Uzodimma, he said: “This afternoon, I received a very disturbing report on the activities of a group of militants who unleashed a shooting spree in the Orlu area of the state, killing and maiming innocent citizen in the process.

“I am totally appalled by this sad report which appears to paint a picture of near breakdown of law and order in the Orlu area. The government condemns in its entirety this act of extreme hooliganism and brigandage.

“This is completely unacceptable to this administration. Those behind this callous barbarism will surely regret their actions.

“Consequently, I have directed the security agencies to fish out, without fail, all those behind the carnage and immediately bring them to book.

“Let no one be in any doubt that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will ever escape justice. I assure them that they will pay for for their cruelty against a peace loving, innocent people.

“As an interim measure to immediately restore the peace in Orlu zone, a dusk-to-dawn curfew (6 pm to 6 am) is hereby imposed in the following Local Government Areas of Orlu zone; namely; Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideao South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele & Nkwerre.

“All law-abiding citizens are advised to comply strictly with the curfew as announced. Anyone caught violating the curfew will be treated as a suspect.”

The governor also noted that the situation has been brought under control, while security operatives have been deployed on a 24-hour patrol of the area.

“Equally, every security measure necessary has been put in place to ensure that law-abiding citizens can go about their businesses in the affected areas without any fear of molestation,” he added.

“The government sincerely condoles with the families of the bereaved and all the victims of the unfortunate incident. I assure them that those who committed the heinous crime against them and their loved ones will never go unpunished.”

Uguru Iheke reporting, Obinwannem News

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