- The attack on Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state might have been from his political enemies
- This is the position of the state government in the afternoon of Saturday, April 24
- The government said the gunmen would have wreaked more havoc if not for the intervention of security operatives
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The Imo state government has reacted to the attack on the residence of Governor Hope Uzodinma on Saturday, April 24.
Declan Emelumba, the state commissioner for information and strategy, hours after the attack claimed that the move against the governor's property might be politically motivated.
Emelumba that the gunmen, about 15 in number, stormed the home town of Uzodinma in three vehicles accompanied by a truckload of tyres.
The commissioner said the swift response of security officers in the residence prevented the hoodlums from causing further damage.
"...a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma, Oru East LGA and attempted to burn down the house.
"However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimised the damage they had planned to unleash.
"In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded. Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored."
Earlier, the residence of Uzodinma in Omuma in the Oru East Local government area, was on Saturday, April 24, torched by an unknown gang of gunmen who also succeeded in killing a security officer.
The invaders in a gun battle with security operatives, shot dead two of them, adding that the inferno destroyed vehicles around the governor's house.
The horrible incident had been confirmed by Emelumba. The commissioner said:
“It is true, but the information is not still clear. It is not true that several security men lost their lives.
“I have done some thorough investigation and I have some credible lead as to those who are sponsoring these activities of these hoodlums."