Bombing, killing of innocent Igbo people in Orlu by Soldiers unacceptable – Femi Fani-Kayode, Aisha Yesufu

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Bombing, killing of innocent Igbo people in Orlu by Soldiers unacceptable – Femi Fani-Kayode, Aisha Yesufu
By Ekene Agbor
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File photo for illustration
A former Aviation Minister on Nigeria, Femi Fani-Kayode has said the bombing and killing of Igbo men, women and children in Orlu, Imo State by men of the Nigerian Army is completely unacceptable and condemnable.
 
Fani-Kayode made this known in a tweet he shared on his verified Twitter handle on Thursday.
 
“The bombing & killing of innocent men, women & children in Orlu, Anambra state by soldiers of the Nig. Army is totally & completely unacceptable & I wholeheartedly condemn it. Shedding innocent blood is not the way forward & I call on the Nigerian Army to show restraint,” he said.
 
Also, Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist also condemned the aerial strikes in Orlu communities.
 
She also disclosed this in a tweet she shared on her verified Twitter handle.
 
“Instead of Nigerian military to pursue the terrorists that abducted school children in Niger State they are unleashing terror in Orlu like the terrorists did in Kagara?” Yesufu queried.
NEWS BOOM gathered that Military fighter jets believed to be deployed by the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force have been conducting aerial strikes in Orlu communities in Imo State, which has worsened the already built-up tension in the areas.
 
It was learnt that the airstrikes started on Thursday noon, and are connected with the military’s resolve to dislodge the Eastern Security Network operatives said to have strongholds in the forests
 

ESN operatives in January had a bloody clash with the Nigerian Army from Obinze barracks, where four soldiers were reportedly killed.

A video of the aerial bombardments on Thursday surfaced with fresh tension and anxiety building in the communities.

“Nigerian soldiers are currently conducting aerial strikes in our areas. Many innocent lives may be lost. They are probably looking for ESN operatives who are checking the activities of killer Fulani herdsmen,” a community head said.

“People’s homes and market places may be affected. We don’t need aircraft in Orlu. They should go and find the stolen school pupils in Niger State,” another angry resident said.

It was reported last December that the Nigerian Army deployed combat helicopters, gun trucks, and soldiers to search some suspected forests in the South-East states where the ESN, launched by Nnamdi Kanu, was said to be camping.

The military search had been going on for days, and had no time frame, as the army was acting on “orders from above.”

A video, from the drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN, had captured the Nigerian Army helicopters and their vehicles and soldiers searching for the camp of the ESN for possible arrests.

Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, on December 12, launched the ESN, saying the regional security outfit, just like Amotekun in the South-West, would help to tackle crimes and criminalities.

“The Nigerian Army that is supposed to fight Boko Haram was seen everywhere searching for the camp of Eastern Security Network team. But they forgot they are dealing with But they forgot they are dealing with sophisticated men. There are cameras and drones everywhere watching them,” an official had said.

Meanwhile, Videos watched by NEWS BOOM online disclosed that some residents of the Orlu community have been terrified as sounds of gun shots rent the air.

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