Imo State government has expressed shock and dismay over the mayhem of Monday, November 22 in Awommamma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state during which a soldier was killed and houses razed.
The government described the incident as regrettable and avoidable, saying that the soldier who was carrying out his lawful duty by ensuring free flow of traffic did not deserve to die at the hands of gunmen.
Government made the condemnation in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba.
It also deplored the burning down of houses by soldiers, saying that wanton destruction of property of innocent persons by soldiers was not the appropriate response since two wrongs cannot make a right.
Emelumba disclosed that government has ordered a high-powered investigation into the incident to unravel the cause of the crisis and the concomitant loss of life and property.
While urging both parties to exercise restraint, government enjoined communities to always cooperate with security agencies to track down and arrest criminals in their midst.
It also extended its condolences to family of the dead soldiers while sympathizing with victims of the crisis for their losses.
The statement reads in part; ”Government condemns the murder of a soldier by the so called unknown gunmen. Certainly, this soldier who was on a legitimate duty to ensure free flow of traffic and to protect lives and property on this fateful Monday of November 22nd, did not deserve to die such a gruesome death.
“On the other hand, Government deprecates reports of wanton destruction of property visited on the community by aggrieved soldiers. The indiscriminate burning of residential and business premises of innocent citizens was not an appropriate response since two wrongs will never make a right. Government has good reasons to believe that there is more to the sad event than meets the eyes.
“Consequently, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Executive Governor of Imo State has ordered a high powered investigation into the incident to unravel the cause of the crisis and the attendant loss of life and property.
“Government therefore advises both parties to exercise utmost restraint and maintain the peace while the investigation lasts.”