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Orlu Is Not Sambisa Forest -Twitter Users Calls On Military To Stop Bombardment Of Orlu Town, OYC Says Military Actions Not Targeted At Civilians

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Orlu is not Sambisa forest -Twitter users react to military operation

Twitter users have called on the military to stop its bombardment of Orlu, a town in Imo State.

Videos of the bombardment have been trending on the social messaging platform, causing users to wonder about the presence of the military in the town.

On Thursday, the Nigerian military confirmed that it has deployed helicopters and other gadgets to identify camps occupied by the personnel of Eastern Security Network linked with the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.May be an image of outdoors
The army spokesperson for the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, Babatunde Zubairu, however, said that civilians were not being harassed.

However, that assurance held no weight with Twitter users, as they continue to tweet under the #Orlu hashtag, calling for an end to the military operation.

Popular Twitter user and social activist, Aisha Yusufu tweeted, “What is this reports of Nigerian military dropping bombs in Orlu? Is that the Sambisa forest?”

Dr Emmanuel tweeted, “Orlu in Imo state is not a forest. It’s an urban settlement. I do not understand what the Nigerian military is doing there. It is the second-largest city in Imo state after Owerri. This is war and nothing short of it! The FG has declared war on Nigerians.”

Another Twitter user, David Moore wondered what was going on. He tweeted, “There is currently air bombardments in Orlu Imo State by Nigerian soldiers. What’s going on in Nigeria na!!”

Fadahunsi Olaoluwa tweeted, “More than 36hrs after a kidnap in Kagara, Niger State, the military is busy conducting airstrikes in Orlu, Imo State when they ought to be following after the kidnappers tail. Maybe there’s a direct flight to Kagara from Orlu.”

Meanwhile a youth body in Orlu Imo state in its reactions as thus:
PRESS RELEASE
Military Presence: No Cause For Alarm In Orlu – OYC
The youth body of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) ably led by Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka as the national President , can authoritatively confirm, that contrary to viral media reports that the military deployed their jets and other hardware for an aerial bombardment in Orlu, there was no such incident today in the Imo state town.
Although military jets were sighted hovering round the bush, media reports of a military bombardment and killing of inhabitants in Orlu town were entirely false and misleading. The public should disregard such reports and not take it seriously.
There is no cause for alarm in Orlu as the city remained calm and the people going about their legitimate activities without any interruption or violence.
What has been Happening in Orlu since three days, OYC can confirm, was merely a routine check by the army who combed the bushes in the area to ensure it was crime free and devoid of armed criminal gangs who may be hanging around to foment trouble or cause disorder.
It has been observed that some certain groups are always fond of spreading falsehood, propaganda and sensationalized materials on social media with the wrong motive to raise false alarm and create an impression of what is not actually real. Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) hereby advice such groups and individuals to desist henceforth from exploiting the emotions and sensibilities of the people for their own selfish gains.
Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) henceforth, will not tolerate any group spreading rumors’, falsehood or unverified claims in order to create tension or disaffection among the people on social media. To be fore warned is to be fore armed.
Signed:
Chukwuemeka Chimerue,
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to OYC National President.
February 18, 2021

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