Nada Uzodimma, the governor of Imo, defended his decision to deploy the army in the Eagle Senatorial District where there are growing security challenges.
The governor said he had sought military support from President Muhammad Bukhari after realizing that the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) had “serious shooting power”.
Uzodimma, who addressed state house correspondents on Tuesday, also said no one died during the security action.
There was a large military presence in Orlu, following the pockets of crisis associated with members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) established by the IPOB.
An earlier conflict between ESN and part of the security staff resulted in deaths and destruction of property.
Speaking after a meeting with Bukhari in Abuja, Uzodimma said he warned the president after seeing a growing pattern of killings and security incidents in Orlu involving ESN militants.
“We found out that people had serious firepower, so there was a need for me to report the situation, and I did, and we were supported to deal with the situation,” he said.
“I came here, I begged Mr. President for support, and he sent additional support by sending the police, and the army came in. And here we are.
“The army came at my invitation. And I did it because I know the situation was beyond the local agreement; we needed help. And help was given to us.
“While talking to you, the situation has returned to normal. People are doing their job now, and those caught will be brought to court soon. “
The governor further said that he would not shy away from his responsibility to protect the lives of the citizens of the state, adding that the operation “is not about crushing anyone”.
“Those who came through their intelligence identify where these people were (IPOB militants) and can tell you that all the people were arrested, all the recovered rifles intact, the people were interrogated, not even one, not a single soldier, or one of those militants died in the process, ”he added.