- The people of Ikeduru local government area of Imo state are reportedly living in fear amid call to arrest sponsors of three suspects
- According to reports, the three suspects were arrested by the military while in possession of improvised explosive devices (IED) at the LG's election collation centre
- The delay in charging the suspects to court or unmasking their godfather has resulted in protests by the people
The inability of law enforcement agencies to apprehend the brain behind three suspects who allegedly tried to bomb Ikeduru local government collation centre during the last governorship/house of assembly elections in Imo state has reportedly raised tension in the local government.
The three suspected bombers who were arrested by the military while in possession of improvised explosive devices, IED at the collation centre are reportedly working for some sponsors.
Consequently, the people of the local government are reported to be living in fear amid call to arrest the sponsors whose name were allegedly mentioned during arrest.
It was also learnt that the delay in charging the suspects to court or unmasking their godfather had resulted in the deluge of protests by the people.
"We also note with dismay, pain and regret that the hoodlums were hired with a clear mandate to bomb the collation centre at Central School Iho, in a bid to kill as many people as possible.
“After being arrested, the suspects revealed the identity of their sponsor and he is still moving freely along the streets of Owerri, unchallenged.
“We also heard that the bombers have been released even as recorded videos of their confessional statements have saturated the social media,” Nwokocha Samuel, one of the leaders of the protesting youths said.
Vanguard reports that an eyewitnesses at the collation centre had said that: “While all of us were at the collation centre waiting for the arrival of results from the various polling units, we noticed some strange faces of some huge and tall boys around the area. They were always going into the centre and coming out of the premises.
“A lot of people became apprehensive because due to their suspicious movements. Initially, some of us thought that they came to the centre to scatter the process and destroy the result sheets and other electoral materials.
“By the time the military noticed their strange movements and accosted them, it was then discovered that one of them had some IED in his possession. My brother, that was how we were saved from the tragedy of being blown up.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the supplementary election in some parts of Imo state was marked with high level of low turnout, late arrival of voting materials, ballot box snatching and other forms of electoral violence.
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