Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has lamented the incessant burning of houses in the state by men suspected to be Nigerian Army troops, he therefore ordered a full scale investigation into the recent burning of houses, cars and a filling station at Awo mmamma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state.
We can recall that videos and report emerged on Monday, of an arson attack on buildings in the area, said to have been carried out by soldiers on reprisal attack because they lost a colleague during an encounter with unknown gunmen.
In a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, the Imo state government wants to get to the root of the matter because its people deserve to know what happened which prompted the governor to order for full investigation into the remote causes of the arson attack and those responsible.
Sun News reports that the Governor condemned the action of the unknown gunmen and the reprisal credited to the Nigerian Army, he advise the both sides to cease fire because continues violence may lead to a major crisis in the area, he therefore called the both parties to maintain peace pending the outcome of the investigation instituted by his government.
The statement reads in part, ‘ Government condemns the murder of a soldier by the so- called unknown gunmen. Certainly, this soldier who was on a legitimate duty to ensure free flow of traffic and to protect lives and property on this fateful Monday of November 22nd did not deserve to die such a gruesome death.
‘ On the other hand, Government deprecates reports of wanton destruction of property visited on the community by aggrieved soldiers. The indiscriminate burning of residential and businesses premises of innocent citizens was not an appropriate response since two wrongs will never make a right. Government has good reasons to believe that there is more to the sad event than meets the eyes.
‘ Consequently, 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 and the attendant loss of life and property.
‘ Government appreciates the enormous sacrifice by security agencies with the attendant risks, to keep lmo safe for all law- abiding citizens. Equally, government restates its charge to security agencies in the state to always abide by the rules of engagement as spelt out by their services while carrying out their legitimate assignments.