The Imo State Governor Uzodinma on Friday said that he invited the Military to flush out Eastern security Network Operatives in Orlu, adding that he would arrest the ESN in the ongoing crisis in the Orlu-Orsu axis of the state for murder.
The governor stated this while reacting to the Air Strikes and joint (Police/military) operation in Orlu in Search of the ESN operatives in the state.
Speaking in Owerri, Friday, through the Imo state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cyprian Akaolisa, Gov Hope Uzodimma said that the Eastern Security Network operatives were hoodlums and would be treated as murderers by the state government.
According to him, the leader of IPOB Nnamdi Kanu was endangering the people of the state by the activities of ESN in Orlu.
The Nigerian military on Thursday carried out air operations on camps believed to have been occupied by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Imo State.
The operations sent residents of Orlu and Orsu local government areas of Imo State scampering for safety.
Akaolisa noted that ESN personnel took advantage of the #EndSARS protest last year to carry out its operations.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari administration for deploying troops in the area to secure the inhabitants.
Akaolisa also accused the lawmaker representing Imo West in the Senate, Rochas Okorocha, of allegedly playing politics with the crisis.
Recall that Kanu launched the security outfit on December 12, 2020, saying ESN, just like Amotekun in the South-West, would help to tackle crimes and criminalities.
Kanu also noted that ESN operatives would evict criminal Fulani herdsmen involved in the killing, raping, and kidnapping of people in the region.
A few weeks ago, there was a clash between men of ESN and soldiers, which resulted in the deaths of some people.
About four soldiers reportedly died during the clash along with five civilians, including a middle-aged woman, said to have been killed in the crossfire.
The affected soldiers were said to have been drawn from the 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze.
Kanu later urged members of the ESN to observe a cease-fire and return to the forests.