Aggrieved politicians behind Imo attacks, Uzodimma counters police on IPOB involvement


Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state says some aggrieved politicians are behind the recent attacks on a federal prison stations and a police command in Owerri.

Uzodimma said the politicians’ objective is to destablise the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The governor spoke on Wednesday while featuring on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme.

He said: “What happened in Imo state last Monday is unbelievable. A group of hoodlums, of course sponsored by some known politicians in Imo state, decided to destroy public infrastructure and government facilities — and attacked a correctional centre facility and also attacked a police state headquarters.

“But what is important to take home is for Nigerians to know of the plot by a group of aggrieved politicians to destablise the government of APC. I have done some thorough investigation and I have a credible lead as to those who are sponsoring these activities of these hoodlums.

“We are working hard to ensure that the sponsors of these dastardly act must be brought to book.”

The governor also said members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are not behind the attack.

The police had earlier said the Eastern Security Network (ESN), an outfit of IPOB, was behind the attack, but the group has since denied any involvement.

But Uzodimma said hoodlums were hired from outside Imo state, noting that they only pretended to be IPOB members.

He said: “They(politicians) try to identify grievances of people in a particular area. They hire hoodlums from outside Imo state. They bring them in pretending to be IPOB and they commit this crime and they go away.

“It is not about IPOB. Yes, we agree, we have aggrieved IPOB members. But I can tell you, those who are doing these destructions, most of them were brought from outside Imo state.”

The governor said his administration has trained over 4000 youths on community policing. He said they will work with vigilantes to support the efforts of security agencies to secure Imo state.

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