The Imo state government, through the state’ Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, has condemned the unfortunate incident that happened in the Awo-Omamma area of Oru East Local Government Area, of the state, yesterday, Monday, November 22, 2021, during which a soldier was killed, and properties worth millions of naira, destroyed.
According to Commissioner Emelumba, “Government condemns the murder of a soldier by the so called unknown gunmen.”
Emelumba emphasized that,
“Imo State Government is shocked, and dismayed over the events of yesterday, in Awommamma in Oru East local government area of the state. Adding that, “The ugly event is regrettable, and avoidable.”
The Commissioner further said, Imo state government disapproved the “wanton destruction of property visited on the community by aggrieved soldiers”, while the crisis lasted; stressing that,
“…The indiscriminate burning of residential, and businesses premises, of innocent citizens was not an appropriate response, since two wrongs will never make a right.”
Declan Emelumba, therefore opined that,
“Government has good reasons to believe that, there is more to the sad event than meets the eyes”, while extending the state’s condolences to the family of the murdered soldier, and other victims.
“Government extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of the dead soldier, while deeply sympathising with the victims of the crisis.”
He affirmed that, Imo state “Government appreciates the enormous sacrifice by security agencies with the attendant risks, to keep lmo safe for all law abiding citizens,” and assured the indigenes and residents of the community that,
“Government will take immediate measures to ameliorate their losses, while at same time, ensuring that such an ugly incident does not recur.”
The Commissioner therefore, “charge security agencies in the state, to always abide by the rules of engagement as spelt out by their services” in the course of “carrying out their legitimate assignments.”
Emelumba then appealed to parties involved “to exercise utmost restraint, and to maintain the peace”, during the periods of investigation into the cause of the crisis. While again soliciting the communities cooperation with security agencies, “to track down, and arrest criminals in their midst.”
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, concluded with the affirmation that,
“His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Executive Governor of Imo State has ordered a high powered investigation into the incident to unravel the cause of the crisis…”
In a similar response, the Nigeria Army, in a statement, has also confirmed the incident, saying some arsonists, allegedly members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, (IPOB), were responsible for the occurrence; with an addendum that, the military personnel were only at the scene of the event, to disperse IPOB arsonists and to forestall total breakdown of law and order.
The Nigeria Army, however, confirmed that, two persons were killed during the ordeal.
SarahReports had earlier reported how some unknown gunmen killed a soldier at Awommamma community, and fled the scene to a nearby village; and in retaliation, soldiers allegedly invaded the area, during when a hotel, shops, cars, and other properties, were reportedly burnt.