Military Jet Combs Orlu Communities for ESN Operatives.
There has been a crisis in Orlu, since last Friday, after a clash between ESN officers and soldiers resulted in the deaths of people.
A combat aircraft of the Nigerian military paraded the tense Orlu communities in Imo State on Tuesday and today (Wednesday) in a bid to locate and engage operatives of the Eastern Security Network accused of killing soldiers and causing mayhem in the area.
The aircraft caught the attention of the residents, who believed that the aircraft was sent to locate and engage the ESN operatives.
According to SaharaReporters, a video of the military aircraft hovering over the area on Tuesday.
“A helicopter has been deployed in Orlu. The military helicopter has been hovering over civilian homes. They should go to the forest and engage the ESN operatives. There is tension everywhere,” a resident, who did not wish to be identified, said.
On Tuesday, the Indigenous People of Biafra accused the Nigerian Army of killing five innocent residents of Okporo in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
The soldiers reportedly could not arrest any of the ESN operatives who reportedly overpowered the army, reportedly because of their use of traditional powers.
The soldiers were said to have withdrawn with one of them being seen in a viral video rescued by some civilians and taken into a private firm for safety from the rampaging ESN operatives.
The security agencies were said to have planned a reprisal.
Mamy witnesses reported sporadic shooting while residents took cover to avoid stray bullets.