Fresh tension has enveloped residents of Orlu and environs in Imo State following sporadic gunshots by military personnel ostensibly to checkmate alleged planned attack by men of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in the area.
The latter being sponsored by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were said to have regrouped for confrontation with security operatives with the insistence that they must leave the town.
This was after Governor Hope Uzodimma had lifted the dusk to dawn curfew he imposed in the ten council areas of Imo West Senatorial District to forestall further destruction of lives and property.
A resident in Osu Ihitte Ukwa of Orsu Council Area told Daily Independent that the sporadic shootings which started Wednesday evening had forced many indigenes of the area to desert their homes for safety while commercial activities and vehicular movement had nosedived.
Worse still, according to him, is the presence of military helicopters which hovered continuously around the area, thereby imposing additional anxiety among the people.
However, Air Force authorities in the state said the helicopter was that of a joint taskforce dispatched to neutralise the antics of the IPOB ESN men.
Parents and guardians had begun to withdraw their children and wards from schools while armed mobile policemen continued to patrol the area.