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Troops lose soldiers, fight IPOB arsonists in Imo

Troops on Monday conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN dispersed IPOB/ESN hoodlums who were committing arson while executing the proscribed group’s illegal Sit-at-Home order in AWO-MMAMMA Community, Oru East Local Government Area, Imo State.

IPOB/ESN thugs harassed, intimidated, and physically abused commuters going about their normal business in order to force civilians to comply with the unlawful order.

As retaliation for locals’ refusal to comply with the illegal command, the criminals set fire to shops and residences at Ishieke junction (along the Owerri-Onitsha expressway).

The thugs who had previously stopped the roadway set fire to a commercial vehicle on its way to Onitsha. Responding quickly to distress calls from motorists and store owners, vigilant troops arrived on the spot and engaged the hoodlums in a shootout. The military surrounded the thugs, forcing them to flee in several directions.

The army tracked the hoodlums to their hideout in Oru East LGA’s Akatta Community, where one of the group’s members was killed in a gunfight.

While the army fought the hoodlums in their hideout, other members of the organization mustered at Ishieke intersection and burned fire to houses and businesses, claiming that some persons had offered information to the troops.

The troops returned to the intersection to disperse the hoodlums once more. Unfortunately, in the name of the people, a valiant soldier paid the ultimate price.

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Since the tragic events of 5 April 2021, when some unscrupulous elements attacked the Custodial Centre in Owerri and released over 1,800 criminals, there has been an increase in criminalities in Imo State, including kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, unjustified killing, and arson.

Since then, these criminals have wreaked devastation in the state and its environs.

The NA would remain professional even in the face of unwholesome propaganda by IPOB/ESN, other criminal groups, and their allies to misinform and mislead Nigerians about the truth about the arson at Awo-Mmamma.

The NA urges the good people of Imo State to reject the misinformation and threats issued by IPOB and its associate groups, which have continued to bully and harass individuals who come out to do lawful business notwithstanding their false calls to cancel the Monday sit-at-home order.

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