A victim of the military action in Izombe Community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Pastor Iheruo has cried out over the parlous state of his family after the invasion.
Speaking on Friday, October 22 in Umuokwu Aborshi Izombe, Pastor Iheruo lamented the killing of his 35-year-old younger brother, Chinonso by the soldiers.
While expressing gratitude to the Imo State government for donating relief materials to him and other victims of the invasion, the pastor rued over the plastic buckets and school mattress that was given to his family.
Pastor Iheruo lamented that the family was at present sleeping in the corridor of another family, stressing that the buckets and mattress would not mitigate their suffering.
He said; “We are now homeless. My father’s eight bedroom flat and my personal three bedroom flat was razed down.
“My slain brother Chinonso’s wife is heavily pregnant and before the ugly incident my immediate younger brother died and was in the mortuary leaving behind his two children and the wife and we are still making arrangements for his burial before the incident.
“I am grateful to Governor Hope Uzodimma through our brother the Managing Director, ISOPADEC Chief Charles Orie for coming to our rescue but I don’t in fact know what I am going to do with two plastic buckets and school mattress as we are outside sleeping in people’s corridor since the attack.”
Soldiers had intervened in a dispute arising from proceeds of oil bunkering between two youth groups in Oguta Local Government Area on October 8.
The soldiers reportedly killed one of youth leaders whose boys killed two soldiers in retaliation.
The soldiers reinforced and launched a reprisal attack during which no fewer than 10 people were killed and about 80 houses were destroyed.