Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has said aggrieved politicians sponsored Monday attacks on the Imo State Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Centre, both in Owerri, the state capital.
Speaking last night on a live TV programme, Uzodimma faulted the allegation that members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) had a hand in the attacks.
The former Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu had claimed that the gunmen, who operated from 1am till 3am on Monday and sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities, were members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the security arm of IPOB.
The separatist group led by Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has since denied the allegation
Uzodimma has also discredited the claim that IPOB members perpetrated the heinous acts.
“Their (attackers’) 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 (All Progressives Congress).
“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,” he explained.