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Uzodinma imposes curfew in 10 LGAs in Imo following clash between army and ESN


Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in 10 local government areas in the state to check further breakdown of law in Orlu and other affected areas in the state.

The Street Journal reported how a military operation was launched in Orlu on Monday, as a result of a clash between the army and some youth believed to be members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The soldiers, on Monday, invaded Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State and launched an attack on several civilians in revenge for their dead colleagues, a development that claimed the lives of ten persons.

It will be recalled that operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), an offshoot of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) set up by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had a clash with soldiers over the weekend in which at least two persons died and several others sustained injuries.

The local government areas affected by the curfew are Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North and Ideato South. Others are Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwere.

The curfew would hold between 6a.m. and 6p.m. daily till further notice, the governor said in Owerri on Monday.

A popular timber market known as Ogbosisi Market was set on fire during the crisis which lasted for several hours.

Governor Uzodinma, in a statement from his spokesperson, Oguike Nwachukwu, said the curfew would check further breakdown of laws in the area.

The governor ordered security agencies to arrest those behind the incident and bring them to book.

He said: “This afternoon, I received a very disturbing news about a clash between security agencies and some militants who unleashed shooting in Orlu.

“I am totally sad over this incident which painted a picture of near breakdown of law in the state and I am condemning this act of hooliganism, and those behind this will regret their actions.”

The governor warned that anybody caught within the period of curfew would be treated as a suspect.

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