Catholic bishop condemns killing of residents, burning of market by Nigerian troops

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Imo State, Augustine Ukwuoma, has condemned the killing of some residents on Saturday in two South-east communities by Nigerian troops.

Mr Ukwuoma, in a statement he issued on Monday, also decried the burning of a market in one of the communities by the troops.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the troops invaded Orsu-Ihiteukwa Community in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State and Orsumugho, a community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. The troops allegedly killed two persons and razed several shops.

The troops were said to have invaded the communities at about 4 a.m. with many combatant vans, armoured tankers and military helicopters.

Residents said the troops fired shots and detonated bombs, while the helicopters hovered over the communities.

The troops carried out the operation in collaboration with members of Ebubeagu, a security outfit backed by the Imo State Government.

The Catholic bishop said he has, at several…

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