Bandits, not IPOB members, responsible for attacks in Imo LG, says council chairman

The Sole Administrator of Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State Hon. Onyekachukwu Matthew Ezenwa has described the insecurity in the communities in the council area as the handiwork of bandits, insisting members of the Pro-Biafra agitators known as the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) are not involved in it.

Speaking to our correspondent in an exclusive interview in Owerri on Tuesday 16th May, 2023, Hon. Ezenwa regretted that bandits had earlier taken over his Local Government Area and other parts of Orlu Zone of Imo State in disguise of IPOB.

He commended the Executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma for his untiring efforts in the fight against the insurgency and hoodlums adding that his people are gradually coming back home as peace returns back too. 

In his words, “Governor Hope Uzodimma has done well in ensuring that peace returns to Orsu, but I can assure you that the last Orsu stakeholders meeting in Owerri has complimented the efforts of the governor. So in less than a month from now, Orsu will be captured back from the bandits as our people have realized their mistakes by earlier considering the insecurity as a political issue. But now it’s certain that the issue of insecurity in Orsu is completely caused by banditry, not IPOB members.

“The security operatives have done well to get rid of some of the kingpin bandits, Odumodu, Overheat and Arinze who were their kingpins have met their waterloo.

“Some people are linking the bandits to IPOB agitators, but they are not, but group of bandits who saw Orsu as a fertile ground to perpetrate evil and about eighty percentage of them are not indigenes of Orsu, but strangers.

“My happiness is that our people have found out the truth. The insecurity is not a political party affairs, but the handiwork of the men of the under-world. And I am happy that my people have come out en-masse to seek for the solution.

“So, with the efforts of the stakeholders and Governor Hope Uzodimma, the issue of insecurity will be a thing of the past soon”.

He further stated, “we have to commend the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma for granting amnesty to the repentant hoodlums. This is a golden opportunity for them to turn a new leaf, and my people on their own, have also marshalled out formulas to reintegrate any of the hoodlums who forsakes his evil actions. And we shall ensure that they are gainfully assisted to do good work. Let those in the bush come back to the community and surrender their arms as the governor Senator Hope Uzodimma has promised to pardon them.

“Security operatives must be commended also, for doing their best to quell the ranging tide of insecurity in Orsu Council Area where human lives and property worth billions of naira were lost. We have started renovating some of the damaged structures including, police Stations, Council buildings at Awo Idemili and many others”.

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