Imo community cries out over reprisal attack by security officials
Residents of Oriendu in Umualumaku Umueze in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area in Imo State are said to be living in fear for their lives following the alleged invasion of the community and destruction of property by security personnel.
The invasion came a day after some unknown gunmen reportedly killed and set some security men ablaze
Reports say residents of the area are currently living in fear of their lives and decried the burning of houses.
The resident lamented that they were being punished for what they knew nothing about.
According to the reports, several shops, buildings, properties, food shops and bars were allegedly razed by the suspected security officials seeking justice for their colleagues.
The roads of the quiet village looked deserted after the devastating havoc on the community with only a handful of countable residents whose properties were destroyed seen.
The residents called on Nigerians to see the unfair treatment meted out to the community and come to their rescue.
In their reaction, the Nigerian Army has denied involvement in any attack or destruction of shops, including drinking joints and restaurants, in Ehime Mbano, Imo State, following the gruesome murder of some security personnel in Umualumaku community on Tuesday.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Joseph Akubo, said he was not aware of any destruction by the men of the force in the area.
Also, speaking, the Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau, said he was not aware of the incident.
In a related development, the acting Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has said that the Nigeria Police Force was committed to inter-agency collaboration to uncover those behind the recent killings of security operatives in Imo State.
Reacting to the tragic loss, the IG, through a statement by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the Nigeria Police would leave no stone unturned in order to ensure that those responsible for the killings were apprehended.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, and the governorship candidate of the Labour Party for the November 11 governorship election in the state, Athan Achonu, condemned the killing of security operatives in the state.
They described the killing and reprehensible and assured the people of the state that the suspects would be caught.