The governor of Imo State, Mr. Hope Uzodinma has fingered aggrieved politicians as the ones behind Monday’s attacks on the police headquarters and a correctional facility in the state.
Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ the governor alleged that known politicians (although he mentioned none) in the state sponsored the violence to “destablise the government of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor said hoodlums who disguised as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were hired outside the state.
However, his position contradicts the police statement that the Eastern Security Network (ESN), an outfit of the outlawed IPOB, was behind the violence in the state.
“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 acts must be brought to book,” he said.
He added: “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.”