Igbo council urges FG, Imo to withdraw soldiers from Orlu


Dayo Ojerinde

The Igbo National Council Worldwide has called on the federal and Imo state governments to call off the joint military campaign going on in Orlu Local Government Area before it degenerates to a dangerous magnitude.

The president of the group, Mr Chilos Godsent, in a statement on Thursday, said 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.

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“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.

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“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,” the statement partly read.

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Godsent added that if the ongoing conflict was not quickly resolved, it might escalate to other communities in Imo State.