Air raid returns to Igboland as Nigerian Air Force flies surveillance in Imo


By Onyekachi Onyenwe, Owerri

The days of air raid seem back in Igboland as mere surveillance overfly sent tension and saw residents scampering in different directions.


The Flying of the Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship in nooks and crannies of Imo State has increased the tension in the state asresidents of Owerri, capital city of Imo state.

Every now and then the gunship is seen hovering very low in the state and such has sent fear in most hearts. Residents of the  State capital were seen scampering for safety and some street traders and hawkers left  their wares  for safety. 

Such appearance of war helicopter was regarded as the first time  the State witnessed  in the state since the end of the Nigerian civil war. 

The development came on the heels of the attack on the ancestral home of Governor Hope Uzodinma at Omuma, in the Oru East local area by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

A middle aged woman who hawked consumables on wheel barrow anonymously pleaded with security agencies in the state to rise up and arrest the disturbing situation.

An official of the Nigerian Air Force in the state who pleaded not to be mentioned when contacted admitted the presence of the Helicopter but insisted that it was on a normal patrol.

The area saw much battle during the war and many families lost many persons through air raids, something most aging persons vowed not to see in their lifetime. Now, it seems close.