… Blames attacks on Buhari detractors
… Says 85 correction centre inmates have returned
IMO State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has stated that South East governors are leaving no stone unturned to avert further security breaches anywhere in the geo-political zone.
Uzodinma disclosed this yesterday night on a television programme on the state of affairs in Imo State after recent attacks on some public facilities.
Describing the incidents as direct attacks to his government and that of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Uzodimma stated that strategic consultations are already going on better ways of collaboration among the states to avert recurrence.
He promised that governors will partner the new acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba in laying stronger community policing and intelligence gathering network.
Uzodimma blamed the attacks on those who neither mean well for Imo or Nigeria, citing aggrieved politicians as sponsors.
According to him, the three gun attacks, within two days, at Nigerian Correctional Services, Police Headquarters, Owerri and the Divisional Police Headquartres, Ehime, Mbano, all in Imo State, were calculated to smear and detract his government and the president.
“It is not only on my government, it is both on my government and the federal government. We have credible evidence leading to those who paid the hoodlums, where they met, and how they met. Security agencies are already working with this information. Some people are trying to sponsor a synchronised national crisis to bring the government of Muhammadu Buhari to disrepute,, otherwise tell me why these things are happening at this time, particularly in Imo, APC state. People are sponsoring these people. Some of them already caught have made confessional statements. I am going to forward my report to the central government,” he said.
In a live interview monitored by National Light, Uzodimma also said that about 85 inmates who escaped from Owerri Correctional Centre during the gunmen’s attack on the facility had returned while some have made inquiry through their lawyers on how to return.
“As of this afternoon, most of the inmates that escaped from the Correctional Services have been arrested, and some of them willingly came back on their own. And we’re encouraging those of them who are still outside to come back and take advantage of the Honourable Minister of Interior’s offer of amnesty. This means they would not be tried for fresh offence. They should just come back and serve out their terms and then go back to their various places of abode,” he continued.
It will be recalled that gunmen who stormed police facilities on April 5, set the Correctional Centre (prisons) in Owerri ablaze. During the attack, one person suspected to be a fleeing inmate was hit by a bullet while carrying his travel bag. His lifeless body was visibly seen on the ground in front of the Correctional Centre.
The gunmen also razed Imo State Police Command headquarters, Owerri and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters. on Tuesday, another attack was made at the police divisional headquarters in Ehime, Mbano.