Governor Hope Uzodimma
Security officials dismantle criminals’ hideout in Orsu, free abducted monarch
By Valentine Amanze
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has commended the security operatives in the state for the arrest of criminals believed to be terrorising Orsu Local Government Area of the state and its environs.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor assured that the criminals would not have peace in the state, promising to flush them out.
He spoke after members of the Joint Security Taskforce operatives comprising the Directorate of State Security, the Army, Police, Navy and the Civil Defence Corps on Monday busted a devious criminal gang that had held Orsu Local Government Area and particularly, the people of Nkwerre-Uda community in Orsu Ihite-Ukwa village hostage for a long time without challenge.
The operation revealed horrifying sites of pits filled with decomposing human bodies, decapitated human heads, charred bodies of human beings, cannibalism, shrines and other unwholesome activities and reprehensible behaviours of bandits and criminals at the villages of Nkwerre-Uda in Orsu Ihitte-Ukwa Community of Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State and Umuezeala Lilu Community in Anambra State.
Journalists who went round the gory scene of the heinous crime in what is obviously the camp of the bandits at Orsu Ihitte Ukwa that shares boundry with Umuezala-Lilu in Anambra State observed decomposing and roasted corpses of human beings, some of which appeared to have been partially consumed and some parts left in the shrines and pits.
The leader of the team and the Commander of the DSS said that they were at the camp based on intelligence that bandits had turned the place to a haven for kidnapping and all sorts of crimes.
He said: “At about 1am on Monday, a joint security team comprising the Military, Police and the DSS stormed the camp in Uda in Imo State and Lilu community in Anambra State, and they noticed that the community had been deserted and the hoodlums had carved out a part of the land for themselves, a brand of insurgency.
“As a result of the raid, the security agencies were able to rescue HRH Eze Acho Ndukwe of Amagu Ihube in Okigwe LGA, who was abducted some days back.
“They discovered a lot of decapitated human bodies and surprisingly they discovered that the criminals were practicing cannibalism as they roasted human flesh, which was actually an eyesore.
“In addition they recovered vehicles, saw a lot of dead bodies, as their stock in trade was kidnap, kill, behead some and roast.
“Expectedly, the hoodlums engaged them in fierce gun duel where some of them were neutralided without fatalities recorded on the side of the security team.”