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Uzodimma lifts curfew in six out of 10 local councils



Imo community seeks sanction against soldiers who frog-jumped ruler

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew in six out of the 10 local councils in Orlu zone.


This was contained in a statement, at the weekend, by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba.

The curfew had been imposed last week in a statewide broadcast by the governor in the wake of the clash between military personnel and members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), said to have been formed by a separatist group, which led to the loss of lives and burning of property.

The councils where the curfew was relaxed included Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Nkwerre, Isu and Nwangele.


MEANWHILE, the people of Uzuobi-Umuna Autonomous Community, Orlu, Imo State, have demanded that the soldiers who dealt with their monarch, Eze Ben Okereke, at a checkpoint, asking him to frog-jump, be sanctioned appropriately.

The people of the area, who yesterday expressed their grievances to The Guardian, demanded that the authorities of the army should fish out the soldiers who subjected their monarch to untold and dehumanising condition, punishing the traditional ruler on the road floor.

They also demanded that the governor, Hope Uzodimma, must aid, investigate and fish out the soldiers allegedly involved in such activities.

The Guardian gathered that last week, during the clash between some soldiers and members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), in Orlu, the monarch was on his way when the soldiers allegedly accosted him.

Not even the identification made by the monarch saved him, the military men asked him to come down, humiliating, torturing and asking him to jump on the floor like a frog.

One of the protesting youths, who pleaded anonymity, said: “Why should soldiers punish our Eze asking him to roll on the floor and do frog-jump? Can they do such to any Emir or other traditional rulers in other parts of the country?”.


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