By Obinna Okparuba
I was at Orie Ogbunka earlier today on my way to my maternal home at Owerre Ezukala all in Orumba South Local Government Area, immediately I got to the market, I saw market women parking up like a tsunami was coming, I asked them what was going on, I was told that a joint team of Nigeria security forces were coming down from Umunze.
A few minutes later, I saw the convoy approaching and the entire village went into hiding, I ran like a kangaroo and took cover behind a shopping plaza and watched the troops led by an armoured personnel carrier drive by slowly.
From my cover position, I was wondering why people were afraid of their country’s security forces, are people not supposed to come out and cheer the armed forces?
I was tempted to take pictures of our victorious armed forces, but my ancestors warned me not to overstretch my luck.
Recall that two days ago, about 4 or 5 soldiers and one civilian were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen at nearby Umunze, the local government headquarters of Orumba South, hence the presence of the troops, who have been accused of shooting indiscriminately yesterday at Nkwo Umunze area as part of their reprisal.
The civilian that was killed was called ‘mtn’, dont know why he was so called but the people in the Orumba South axis accused him of aiding the soldiers in collection of illegal toll from tipper drivers.
From the gory video in circulation, ‘mtn’ was shot on the centre of the road, he was wearing what looked like a green colour jacket often worn by the military.
I dont know the morale of this story but security forces should desist from collecting money from motorists once they are deployed to a roadside so that they can concentrate and know when danger is coming.
Meanwhile, the spot where the soldiers were allegedly k!lled has about 3 banks, the gunmen didn’t come for the money in the bank, they didn’t rob the banks but robbed the soldiers of their lives.
May the souls of all find rest with their ancestors.
@views exclusive rights: Obinna Okparuba, Anambra Indigene, September 30, 2022.