According to reports by some online media platforms, Awo Mmamma community in Oru East local government area of Imo state was attacked recently by some gunmen who stormed the area creating a series of events which had turned the community to a mini-war zone
Recall the southeast region and Imo state most especially, have been under the attack of gunmen who have been suspected to be members of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.
This had led to the invitation of the Nigerian army to the state to quell the crises and return the state to normal
The Imo state government however, has questioned the role of the Nigerian army in the crises which occurred on Monday, the 22nd of November where some houses were set ablaze in Oru east LGA.
While reacting to the issue, the state government had acknowledged the killing of a soldier in the community by the Gunmen and also, announced that it will probe the alleged retaliatory action of the soldiers in Oru east LGA noting that two wrongs can never make a right.
Meanwhile, several reports have given different storylines concerning the incident and this is why the investigation by the Imo State Government should be made public to clear all doubts about what really transpired at Ishieke junction on the 22nd of November 2021.
According to the Punch, the gunmen had attacked and killed an officer of the Nigerian army in Awo Mmamma community in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The paper further reported that the military officers on ground had regrouped, stormed the town setting fire to some houses in reprisal to the killing of their own.
The location of the chaos was at Ishieke junction and many indigenes of the community had fled the town as soldiers have allegedly taken over the community.
Another version by Sahara reporters narrated how officers of the Nigerian Army dispersed some members of the IPOB who were trying to enforce a sit-at-home order in Awo Mmamma community in Oru east.
The report which is a rebuttal by the Nigerian army further explained how the hoodlums, while harasing innocent residents had blocked the highway, setting ablaze a commercial vehicle heading towards Onitsha.
The Nigerian army had been tipped-off about the incident and they all arrived at the location where they engaged the gunmen in a gun battle eliminating one of them. Later on gunmen had moved towards their hideout at Akatta Community in Oru East LGA.
While the army was engaging the gunmen, other members of the group had assembled at Ishieke junction where they accused the residents there of informing the army of their presence, this led to the gunmen setting ablaze houses and businesses of law-abiding citizens as punishment for calling the army on them
The report of the state government however, corroborates the report from Punch as the state government mentioned the alleged acts of the army where they were accused of setting ablaze some houses in the LGA.
According to a report by Channels, the Imo state government had promised to set up a high-powered investigation to unravel the remote cause of the incident.
Recall there have been accusations by residents of Imo state about the manner the army allegedly treats the residents whenever there is a raid in the state.
Back in October, the army was fingered in the carnage which occurred in Izombe, Oguta LGA of Imo state.
The state therefore, should make the reports of this particular raid in Oru east LGA public so that Imo state residents and Nigerians who have been following the saga in Imo state can know the true story about what transpired in the LGA.
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