June 11, 2024

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Imo community rampaged in alleged army reprisal attack after gunmen mayhem

RESIDENTS of Oriendu, Umualumaku Umueze in Ehime-Mbano local government area in Imo State are currently living in fear for their lives following invasion of the community and destruction of property by security personnel suspected to be soldiers.
Invasion by the armed men came a day after some gunmen killed and set some soldiers, policemen and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps ablaze in two patrol vehicles in the community on Tuesday.
A video on social network showed the destruction of property in the community, even as a narrator alleged that the act was perpetrated by armed government officials.
Residents of the area are currently living in fear of their lives and decried the burning of houses, as predicted by CentralNews after the attack by bandits on a statutory security detail.
The resident who spoke in the video lamented that they were being punished for what they knew nothing about.
In the video, several shops, buildings, properties, food shops and bars were razed by rampaging soldiers seeking justice for their colleagues.
Roads of the quiet village were deserted after the soldiers allegedly wreaked a devastating havoc on the community with only a handful of countable residents whose properties were destroyed seen.
“We have suffered in this community. What do they want us to do in this community? That crime was committed in this community does not mean that it is Ehime-Mbano people that did it. You people should come to our rescue. Shops, bars, event centres and food stalls were all burned down today by the military men of the Nigeria.
“The people they destroyed their shops; were they the ones that committed the crime? Please, we are suffering in this community; leave us alone because things are bad. People are crying and asking what did we do?” Those are the lamentations of the narrator.
Assistant director of Army Public Relations at 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Joseph Akubo, says he is unaware of any destruction by the men of the force in the area.
“Is it that military men came to destroy? Let’s be sure of what you are asking. I am not aware of anything like that. We don’t have a report of anything related to this.
“Unfortunately, everybody is bringing on whatever they like, but for now, the military is not conducting any operations around there. I will suggest you speak with the Police PRO.
“I think you should speak with the police; they are the ones in charge of internal security; they should be the ones speaking about whatever is taking place.”
But, the state government says that no guilty party would go unpunished.
“Gov. Hope Uzodimma has assured the public that those behind the Tuesday killing of security operatives at Ehime Mbano area of Imo State will be fished out and made to face the law,” Imo Government House spokesman Oguwuike Nwachukwu says in a statement.
“When Gov. Uzodimma visited the scene of the ugly incident accompanied by the Imo State Commissioner of Police and the Director Department of State Services, he expressed sadness over the lives lost.
“He assured the people that the state government in collaboration with security agencies would fish out the perpetrators with a view to bringing them to book.”