A video posted on Twitter showed the helicopter flying at low level, while a voice from the background is heard laughing over it.
“What is happening in Nigeria?” the voice from the background is heard saying, in the clip.
Jeff Ojinika, a former member of the House of Representatives, said Thursday afternoon, he got a distress call around 6 p.m. on Wednesday about “two military helicopters carrying out aerial bombardment” in some communities situated between Imo and Anambra States.
Mr Ojinika had represented Orlu in the House of Representatives.
“People were running, women, and children. There was crying everywhere,” said Mr Ojinika who spoke from outside Imo State.
Apart from saying in its statement, Thursday, that “the Nigerian government has activated its final solution to the Biafran question with the helicopter gunship in Orlu,” IPOB did not say the helicopter opened fire on the people.
IPOB said the government has “crossed the line of no return” and that the only option left for the Igbos was to defend their “ancestral land.”
IPOB WROTE: "
The Nigerian government through its military has finally declared open confrontation with the Biafran people in their bid to harass, intimidate and cow us into submission to relinquish our ancestral lands to foreign Fulani terrorists.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide must gird their loins and be prepared for the long drawn out battle ahead. The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra make bold to state unequivocally that there shall be no inch of Biafran land (Biafran territory) to be ceded to the Fulani Marauders from the Sahel.
“TheNigerian army has thrown the gauntlet and we the Indigenous People of Biafra Shall accept their challenge because there will neither be retreat nor surrender on this our journey to liberty and freedom.
“Now that the Nigerian government has activated its final solution to the Biafran question with Helicopter gunships in Orlu, they have crossed the line of no return and for us the Indigenous People of Biafra there is only one option that is open for us.
“We MUST defend every inch of our ancestral land and we MUST defend our inalienable right to live in the land of our ancestors as a free people to develop our CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA given talents for the benefit and elevation of our people just like our ancestors did thousands of years before us.
“Every IPOB family member should be very conscious of the time we have entered and exhibit the highest level of discipline and be ready to follow every directive as will be issued by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide.