Shootings in Orlu Community, Imo State, Nigerian Soldiers Seen Firing Gunshots, Gov. Uzodinma Declares Curfew


Shootings and deaths were reported in Orlu community of Imo State, South-east Nigeria, on Monday.

Some military trucks and officers are seen on the streets in the videos here which we obtained from Twitter firing gunshots. Some residents of Orlu captured these scenes with their phones and posted them on Twitter.

See some eye-witness reports below. We are not able to post all images and videos because some are quite violent and contain blood to protect viewers.

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The Governor of the state Hope Uzodinma has imposed dusk to dawn curfew in 10 council areas in Imo to check further breakdown of laws in Orlu Local Government and other affected areas. The governor said in Owerri on Monday that the curfew would hold between 6am and 6pm daily till further notice. The affected LGAs are Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North and Ideato South. Others are Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwere.

 Watch Gov. Uzodinma’s address below.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some security agencies in Imo and a group known as security volunteers clashed in Orlu council area on Monday, living one person dead. A popular timber market known as Ogbosisi Market was set on fire during the crisis which lasted for several hours. The police spokesman, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the incident, said police had moved into action to restore peace and immediately arrest those behind the incident. But Uzodinma said, in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Oguike Nwachukwu, that the curfew would check further breakdown of laws in the area. The governor also gave a matching order on security agencies to immediately arrest those behind the incident and bring them to book.


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