Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, says the attacks in the state was not carried out by IPOB and Eastern Security Network.
On Monday, April 5, there was an attacked by unknown gunmen at the Owerri Correctional Prison which led to the escape of inmates. The gunmen also set the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri ablaze, as vehicles parked at the command headquarters were also burnt.
The Eastern Security Network group were accused of being the masterminds behind the attacks, but their group leader Nnamdi Kanu has denied the allegations.
Speaking to Channel TV, Governor Hope Uzodinma said that the IPOB did not carry out the attacks. He revealed that the attacks in the state were sponsored by aggrieved politicians to destabilized his APC government.
Uzodinma said: “Their (tactics is that they try to identify grievances of people in a particular area. If it is in Imo State and probably there are some IPOB people who are not happy, they hire hoodlums from outside Imo State, they bring them in pretending to be IPOB and they commit these crimes and they go away.
“So, it is not about IPOB. Yes, we agree, we have aggrieved IPOB members but I can tell you those who are doing this destruction, most of them were brought in from outside Imo State.
“What is important for Nigerians to know is the plot by a group of aggrieved politicians to destabilise the government of APC.
“I have done some thorough investigation and I have some credible lead as to those who are sponsoring these activities of these hoodlums.
“I don’t want to pre-empt the investigations of other security agencies but I can tell you we are working hard to ensure the sponsors of this dastardly acts must be brought to book.”
The people that attacked Imo are not IPOB – Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma says the attacks in the state on Easter Monday were sponsored by aggrieved politicians.
— Laila Ijeoma | Lailasnews.com (@LailaIjeoma) April 8, 2021