The convoy of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma was on Monday, attacked while on his way to inaugurate an officer’s mess at the 34 Attilary Brigade, Obinze.
The attackers who were apprehended by police on claimed to be staffs of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC.
However, the hoodlums claimed to be staffs of ISOPADEC agitating for their unpaid salaries.
Speaking to the press, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Isaac Akinmoyede disclosed that the suspects were armed with locally made pistols, machete and other weapons.
The government said its position that most of the protests in the state were sponsored by the opposition had been vindicated.
CP Akinmoyede confirmed that the arraigned suspects who claimed to be protesting against their unpaid 3 months salaries were arrested with a locally made pistol, two machetes, a mask, a chain and a padlock.
Akinmoyede said: “They attacked the vehicles in the convoy with a locally made pistol and machetes.”
He said the incident, which occurred around Concord area of New Owerri, did not claim any life.
“But in the process, windscreens of some of the vehicles in the convoy were smashed and the vehicles damaged,” he said.
The Police chief said the suspects have been handed over to state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
Furthermore, the Imo state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba said the fact that people claiming to be the staff of ISOPADEC could arm themselves with guns and matchets validated the state’s position that most of the protests were politically-motivated.
The commissioner 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.
He therefore urged the police to unravel the real motive behind the action of the hoodlums and their sponsors.
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