Fear in Imo, As Military Helicopters Fly Around Since Three Days Ago

Apr 29, 2021 - 18:09
Apr 29, 2021 - 18:42
Fear in Imo, As Military Helicopters Fly Around Since Three Days Ago

By Izunna Okafor

Citizens and residents of Imo State have been sieged by fears, following the uncommon hovering of military helicopters around the state, with special concentration on Owerri, the capital city of the state.

Reports have it that some military aircrafts have been flying around every nook and cranny of the state since three days ago now and still counting. They were said to have mounted an eye-clear surveillance around the state, as a way to curtail the rising insecurity situation in state.

This is suspected to have come as a result of the recent attack on Governor Hope Uzodinma’s house in Omuma, as well as the killing of Ikonso, the Eastern Security Network Commander in the Southeast region, on Saturday through the joint efforts of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies, and other such attacks which have all jointly heightened security tension in the state.

It would also be recalled that many destructive attacks have been launched in various parts of Imo state in recent time, one of the most recent of which is the one that occurred on Sunday night, during which the state's Commissioner for Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Iyke Ume, was shot twice on the shoulder, alongside three other drivers around Orji Divisional Headquarters of the State.

"We have been living under fear here since last two months and still counting. We are seriously praying God for interventions," one of the residents, Ikechukwu Ononiwu said on a telephone interview.

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Izunna Okafor Izunna Okafor is an award-winning Nigerian novelist, poet, journalist, essayist, editor, translator, publicist, Igbo language activist and administrator who hails from Ebenator in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. He writes perfectly in English and Igbo languages, and has published several books in both languages. He has received over 25 awards, and has over 2000 articles published online, both nationally and internationally, cutting across creative writing and journalism. See his full profile at: https://9jabooks.com/profile/484