The Izombe Community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State has claimed losing property worth N1billion during the October 8 invasion of the community by soldiers.
Soldiers attached to the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, had clashed with youths of the community resulting in the death of one Obere and two soldiers.
The soldiers who were said to have stormed the community to resolve issues between two warring youth groups launched a reprisal attack on the community after losing two of their colleagues and rifles including their patrol van.
The development caused the indigenes of the community, especially women and children, to flee the community.
A community leader, Chinedu Nnadi, told correspondents that the damage the army had done to the community would not be addressed in the next 30 years.
Nnadi, who is the pastor in charge of He Reigns Chapel, Owerri, disclosed that his people had become refugees in neighbouring communities.
Another indigene, Kennedy Ike, whose house and that of his two children were razed during the operation, said his life had been “made miserable”.
The army spokesperson for the 34 Field Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Joseph Akuga, said the military hierarchy in the state would soon address the press on the issue.
The state governor, Hope Uzodimma who visited the community on Tuesday had pledged to rebuild the houses destroyed in the community.
The governor, who reportedly broke down in tears due to the magnitude of destruction wrought in the community urged the youths and soldiers to sheath their swords.
He also issued a one week ultimatum within which youths in the community in possession of arms would surrender them to the government.