Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, has countered the federal on the perpetrators of the recent attacks on facilities Imo state, saying that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) did not carry out the attack.
Less than 24 hours after the Imo State Police command was razed and the state correction was stormed where over 1500 prisoners were set free in an attack, the federal government accused the IPOB of responsibility. The sacked IGP Mohammed Adamu accused the group even before he announced an investigation.
The IPOB members in a swift reaction denied the allegation saying that they do not have a policy of attacking state facilities.
Uzodinma who has exonerated IPOB said his investigation showed that the attacks in the state on Easter Monday were sponsored by aggrieved politicians.
The governor said this Wednesday evening, April 7, while appearing on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’.
Gunmen on Monday, April 5, attacked the Owerri Correctional Prison and set inmates free. The gunmen also set fire to the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri and also burnt vehicles parked at the command headquarters.
“a group of aggrieved politicians” sponsored the attacks “to destabilise the government of APC,” 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,” he said.