Governor Hope Uzodimma has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on nine local councils in Orlu zone of the state.
The governor took the action after what he called “the activities of a group of militants that unleashed mayhem at residents of Orlu in Imo State”.
Unofficial report said the clash was between soldiers and the security network inspired by Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).
The cause of the clash was not clear yet.
But according to the governor, the ESN militants killed and maimed innocent citizens. He asked the security agencies to fish out the militants.
Affected by the curfew are Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwerre local government areas of Orlu zone.
At a news conference on the matter on Monday, Uzodimma said the perpetrators of the carnage were out to paint a picture of near break down of law and order in Orlu area, noting that government condemns in its entirety acts of extreme hooliganism and brigandage.
The governor advised the residents of the affected LGAs to abide by the curfew as anyone who violates it will be treated as a suspect.
Governor Uzodimma said that security agencies have been directed to carry out a 24-hour patrol and that law abiding citizens can go about their businesses without fear of molestation.