The Igbo National Council Worldwide has asked the federal and Imo state governments to end the ongoing joint military campaign in Orlu Local Government Area before it degenerates to something dangerous.
The president of the group, Mr Chilos Godsent made the demand in a statement on Thursday, saying it may not be in the best interest of the Imo State and Federal Government of Nigeria to militarise any part of the Igboland in the disguise of fighting pro-Biafra agitators.
He warned that if the ongoing conflict was not swiftly resolved, it could spread to other communities in Imo State.
“We have keenly observed the tempo of the joint military campaign going on in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State which have lasted over four days and have claimed many lives.
“The military is said to be on a revenge mission to avenge their dead of their comrades who were alleged to have been killed by members of the Eastern Security Network set-up by the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra.
“In view of the above, we call on the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma to quickly intervene on the ongoing violent conflict between the Nigerian Military and the Eastern Security Network so as to halt the wanton destruction of lives and properties of the people of the area.”
There have been reports of intimation and harassment of civilians in Orlu. CHECKPOINTCHARLEY was informed by a resident how a mama put seller in front of her house was killed by a stray bullet. Many have also been wounded, she said.
She added, “the ESN fighters are the bush, but the military are not going after them in the bush, rather they are patrolling the streets and going from house to house, saying they are looking for culprits.”