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Army deploys soldiers, helicopters in Orlu

More fears erode the hearts of the people of Orlu and Orsu Local Government Areas of Imo State on Thursday as the Nigerian military began operations in search of the camps occupied by the personnel of Eastern Security Network linked with the Indigenous People of Biafra.

Babatunde Zubairu, the army spokesperson of the 34 artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo state, confirmed the operation, and said the locals were not being harassed.

He confirmed the deployment of helicopters and other military gadgets in the operations

The army spokesperson said that the operation was an offshoot of military intelligence.

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Despite the fact that the locals were not being harassed, there is serious panic and fear in the area.

An indigene of Uda Orsuihiteukwa in the Orlu Local Government Area said, the “Situation is now calm in Udah, Orsuihiteukwa. Military helicopters have left my area a while ago after the surveillance mission. All security vans have left the Udah community for their respective bases.

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“Civilians were not in any way harassed in the exercise. No casualties. The invasion may have been warranted by intelligence reports.

“The leaders and office bearers from Orlu zone should address this security instability in our zone now. This is not healthy for the progress and advancement of the biggest senatorial zone in Nigeria.”

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