Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has disclosed that some aggrieved politicians are the brains behind the recent attacks on police stations and a correctional facility in the state.
According to the governor, the politicians’ objective is to destablise the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
Uzodimma made the disclosure on Wednesday while featuring on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme which was monitored by our correspondent.
“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,” the governor said.
The governor also said members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are not behind the attack.
The police had earlier said the Eastern Security Network (ESN), an outfit of IPOB, was behind the violence in the state.
But Uzodimma said hoodlums were hired from outside Imo state, noting that they only pretended to be IPOB members.
He said: “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 governor said his administration has trained over 4000 youths on community policing. He said they will work with vigilantes to support the efforts of security agencies to secure Imo state.