By our reporter| Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State on Wednesday said disgruntled politicians bent on destabilising his government were behind recent attacks on police stations and a correctional facility in the state.
The position of the governor who spoke while featuring on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, contradicts the Nigeria police claim that IPOB and ECN were behind Monday morning attacks in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
“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, Uzodinma said.
“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.”
According to the governor, members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are not behind the attack but hoodlums hired from outside Imo state pretending to be IPOB members were responsible for the mayhem.
“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, he continued.
“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.”