Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma narrowly escaped death on Monday when armed men attacked his convoy on his way to a military engagement.
The governor was on his way to the 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze, to inaugurate an officers mess built by the state government when the incident occurred.
The hoodlums reportedly armed with guns and machetes claimed to be staff members of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC).
While they alleged that they were protesting non-payment of their salaries, the state government claimed its position that most of the protests in the state were sponsored by the opposition had been vindicated.
Imo state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede confirmed the arrest of 15 suspects linked to the attack saying they were arrested with one locally-made pistol, two machetes, a mask, a chain and a padlock.
He also disclosed that the incident which occurred around Concord area of New Owerri, did not claim any life.
“They attacked the vehicles in the convoy with a locally made pistol and machetes.
“But in the process, windscreens of some of the vehicles in the convoy were smashed and the vehicles damaged.”
The police commissioner said that the suspects have been handed over to state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.