- Security operatives have made a major breakthrough following the recent deadly attacks in Imo state
- A man identified as Nnamdi Okafor has been arrested allegedly sponsoring the attacks in the state
- Police facilities in the southeast have come under attacks from unknown gunmen
A suspect allegedly sponsoring the recent attacks in Imo state has been nabbed by security operatives in Aboha-Ohi around lifeline Assembly Owerri/Orlu road.
An investigation carried out by Vanguard on Sunday, May 3, that the suspect has been identified as Nnamdi Okafor.
According to the newspaper, Okafor from Amanachi community in Orsu local government area of the state is one of the said sponsors of the hoodlums who operated under the name “unknown gunmen.”
The 42-year-old has been linked to the killings, burning of police stations as well as the Owerri correctional centre.
In a report by Sahara Reporters, Okafor has been on security surveillance over the allegations that linked him to the activities of the hoodlums.
A source speaking to the news publication revealed that Okafor, a director of a hotel was arrested in April for his involvement in financing the unknown gunmen terrorising the southeast state.
Okafor's arrest is coming almost 24 hours after security operatives arrested over twelve unknown gunmen in Imo state.
The suspects were linked to the series of attacks on police facilities in the southeast state and Owerri Correctional Center.
The arrests began with the burst of one of their camps in Oguta local government area by security operatives followed by arrests in Ihitte Uboma LGA.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state in a message to security agencies like the police and DSS stated that the names of politicians sponsoring banditry in Nigeria should be published.
The governor made this declaration after he met President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Speaking on the attack on the federal prison and police headqauters in Owerri, Uzordimma said about 50 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
In a related development, Uzodinma said security agencies have identified those behind the recent attacks in the southeast state.
The Imo state governor said the names of those involved in the attacks will be released in a few days and the specific roles they played so that they can face justice.