Ten people lost their lives on Monday when soldiers and Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Eastern Security Network (ESN) clashed in Okporo, Banana junction, Ogboosisi in Orlu Local Government Area.
According to eyewitnesses, many houses and shops were burnt in the reprisal attack carried out by the Nigerian Army over a soldier was allegedly killed last Friday.
It was reported that a policeman was also killed at Okporo, Orlu by some security operatives believed to be ESN members, while scores got wounded.
This has made Governor Hope Uzodimma declare dusk-to-dawn curfew in nine local government areas of the senatorial district. According to the announcement, the local governments affected include Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Ideato North and South, Isu, Njaba, Nwagele and Nkwere.
Uzodinma who described the situation in the local governments as near break down of law and order urged residents to comply strictly with the curfew as anyone caught would be treated as a criminal.
He said security agencies had been deployed in the area so for 24-hour parade., Eastern Security Network Men in Gun Duel in Imo