Contrary to the allegation by the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, security unit, Eastern Security Network, ESN, was responsible for the Monday attack on security facilities in Owerri.
The Governor of Imo state, Sen. Hope Uzodimma has discredited Adamu Mohammed, stating that the separatist groups had no hand in the attack.
Governor Uzodimma alleged that the attack was carried out by hoodlums who were hired by enemy politicians in the state to destroy the All Progressive Congress government in the state.
Sen. Hope Uzodimma, said while some group of IPOB are aggrieved with his administration, the attack was carried out with the help of the political sponsors, who he has identified for security agencies.
Recall that unknown gunmen on Monday, at the hours of 1am-3am reportedly attacked, set ablaze Imo state Police command headquarters and set free prison inmates at the state Correctional Service prison, without any security confrontation.
Speaking in a live television programm, Channels Television, Politics Today, monitored by Nationalwatchng, governor Hope Uzodimma 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.
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“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.
The Governor 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.”
The former IGP Adamu Mohammed in afternoon of the Monday attack, in a statement signed by the Force headquarters Public Relations Officer, Frank Mbah, alleged that information at the disposal of the command headquarters showed that IPOB’s ESN carried out the attack.
The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, through their Head of Publicity and Media, Emma Powerful in a statement refuted the former IGP allegation, stating that IPOB has no hand in the Owerri attack. He called on the Police to carry out its investigation properly before arriving on such conclusion.
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