A 1.5-kilometer road project has been undertaken by the Nigerian Army in Orlu in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, which is now close to completion.
SaharaReporters have learned that the change was to win residents' admiration and discredit the Eastern Security Network, which is gaining community prominence.
The project is being conducted by an army engineering team from the Nigerian Army Headquarters' Department of Civil-Military Affairs, Abuja.
The same project has been carried out in the Edo State of Uromi, the Delta State of Asaba, and the Anambra State. These programs are aimed at having the community's love and admiration, and at weakening the ESN's divisive impact. The project is being carried out from the headquarters of the military in Abuja.
Communities have been ignored by the governments of their states and no visible infrastructure is available. The roads have been poor. This is also why the communities of the South-East feel that they are being oppressed and that violence is also transferred to the military, said a military source.
"In the crossfire of the dispute between the army and the ESN, the engineering team who came to inspect the road was also captured. The team included a Major and a Brigadier General from Abuja who was sent to inspect the projects and determine their level of completeness.
Another source noted that "their Hilux van was hit by gunshots, their escorts were killed and some of their rifles were stolen."
There was a crisis in Orlu during the last week of January 2021, following a clash between ESN officers and soldiers that resulted in people being killed.
As five other people, including a middle-aged woman, were confirmed to have been killed in crossfire, about four soldiers were lost during the war.
It has been said that the affected soldiers were drawn from the 34th Artillery Brigade in Obinze.
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of the Eastern Security Network, called on the ESN members to stop the Nigerian military fire and return to the forests.
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