Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has revealed the reason for the presence of operatives of the Nigerian Army in Orlu community of the state.
He made this known during a press briefing on Friday.
The governor stated that he invited soldiers to Imo state to restore normalcy and set the affected community on the path of peace again.
It would be recalled that soldiers were seen in Orlu on Thursday, with military choppers flying in what created a scene of fear and pandemonium.
Speaking on Friday, Uzodinma stated that intelligence reports revealed that IPOB planned to attack Orlu people and the government under the pretext of looking for Fulani herdsmen.
“The attacks on police stations and killing of policemen during #EndSARS were carried out by IPOB and not protesting youths for the sole purpose of hijacking and stealing weapons,” he said.
“They are now using those arms to destroy Orlu. They killed 10 policemen, a prominent Orlu soon, Ignatius Obiezu, and one Emmanuel Okeke and collected their Hilux vehicles.
“The IPOB also shot and killed four Moslems doing their business in Orlu. IPOB said they were looking for herdsmen, but these victims they killed before the crisis.
“Were they herdsmen? We heard Nnamdi Kanu celebrating the activities of his men in Orlu that they are doing well by killing innocent citizens. There are no Fulani herdsmen in Orlu