Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state has revealed that aggrieved politicians are behind the recent attacks on police stations and a correctional facility in the state.
The governor claimed that the politicians’ objective is to destablise the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
The governor spoke on Wednesday while featuring on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme.
His words: “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 act must be brought to book.”
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.”