Police confirm attack on Uzodimma’s convoy, arrest 15
The Imo State Police Command has confirmed an attack on the convoy of the State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma on Monday with pistol.
The police also said that its operatives have arrested 15 people who were alleged to have attacked the convoy.
Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede confirmed the attack.
Akinmoyede said the suspects were employees of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC).
The ISOPADEC employees claimed they were “owed three months’ salary” which prompted them to attack.
Governor Uzodimma was on his way to the 34 Attilary Brigade in Obinze, to inaugurate an officers mess built by the state government when the attackers struck.
The assailants were armed with guns and machetes and were protesting non-payment of salaries, according to reports.
Commissioner of Police Akinmoyede said: “They attacked the vehicles in the convoy with a locally made pistol and machetes.”
He said the incident claimed no life but in the process, windscreens of some of the vehicles in the convoy were smashed and the vehicles damaged.
The Police chief said the suspects have been handed over to state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
Commissioner of Information and Strategy Declan Emelumba also confirmed the incident.
Emelumba, however, noted that staff of ISOPADEC arming themselves with guns and matchets validated the state’s position that most of the protests were politically-motivated.
He said the opposition, rattled by the public ovation that greeted the governor’s successful commissioning of new roads in Owerri last Friday, must have hired the thugs.
“The opposition is smarting from the irredeemable shame the government’s successes is rubbing on their face.
“They quickly thought of another protest to take the shine out off the increasingly unbeatable trajectory of Governor Uzodimma’s success stories.
“But, luck ran out of luck this time,” Emelumba said.
He urged the police to unravel the real motive behind the action of the hoodlums and their sponsors.
This is not the first time Governor Uzodimma will be attacked by youths in the state.
His bullet proof Lexus in Mmahu in Ohaji Egbema was reportedly attacked by youths on March 8, 2020, and the governor was smuggled away by his security outfit.
The car was dented by stones [see the above picture].