The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has imposed dusk to dawn curfew in nine local government areas in Orlu Zone to check the rising insecurity in the area.
The local governments are Orlu, Oru East, Isu, Nwangele, Njiaba, Ideato North, Ideato South, Nkwere and Orsu.
There are reports of a clash between a local security outfit and troops from the Nigerian Army.
Not less that two people have died.
The Governor has directed for the deployment of security agencies to restore peace and order in the areas.
A viral video showed bodies lying on the streets of Orlu, including that of a woman, said to have been hit by a stray bullet.
The governor said: “This afternoon, I received a very disturbing report on the activities of a group of militants who unleashed a shooting spree in the Orlu area of the state, killing and maiming innocent citizen in the process.
“I am totally appalled by this sad report which appears to paint a picture of near breakdown of law and order in the Orlu area.
“The government condemns in its entirety this act of extreme hooliganism and brigandage.
“This is completely unacceptable to this administration. Those behind this callous barbarism will surely regret their actions.
“Consequently, I have directed the security agencies to fish out without fail, all those behind the carnage and immediately bring them to book.
“Let no one be in any doubt that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will ever escape justice. I assure them that they will pay for their cruelty against a peace-loving, innocent people.”
The governor assured Imo people that the situation in Orlu area is under control.
“Every security measure necessary has been put in place to ensure that law-abiding citizens can go about their businesses in the affected areas without any fear of molestation.
“The government sincerely condoles with the families of the bereaved and all the victims of the unfortunate incident.
“I assure them that those who committed the heinous crime against them and their loved ones will never go unfurnished,” the governor said.