A Medical Practitioner based in Omuma, Oru-East Local Government Area of Imo State Dr. Dyke Ukommadu has stated that over 15,000 people residing in communities in Orlu Zone more especially youths have vacated the area and relocated to different towns outside the State for fear of being killed as Members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the Nigerian Army deployed in the area by the Governor of Imo State senator Hope Uzodimma.
Speaking with the reporter of National Star in Owerri, Imo State Yesterday, he said that the relocation started gradually when Security Operatives headed by Fierce Military men killed the IPOB during a down raid on their hideout at Awomama Village, Oru-East Local Government Area of Imo State.
He revealed that the presence of heavily Armed Military men were scaring people in the communities, adding that what made the residents change their mind completely was the incident of April 24, 2021.
when a group of hoodlums numbering over 20 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the Country Home of the Governor in Omuma, Oru-East Local Government Area and burnt down Some section of his house and some vehicles parked in the compound and also killed some security men suspected to be Civil Defence Corps.
Ukommadu highlighted that tension has pervaded the communities as the military were deployed and patrol in every nooks and crannies, harassing, humiliating, and killing innocent people and branded them IPOB.
He disclosed that the recent incident that happened on July 26,2021where Orlu Timber Market was shut down by the military and shot seven traders to death also contributed to the mass relocation.