by Our Correspondent
The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has alleged that the burning of his country home in Orlu East Local Government of the State is politically motivated.
Uzodinma stated that the attackers were hoodlums who invaded the property in a motorcade of three vehicles and accompanied by a lorry with tyres used in setting the building ablaze.
He further disclosed that vigilantes around repelled the arsonists.
The Governor called on security agencies to ensure that those behind the incident are arrested.
His reaction came through the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba.
Part of the statement reads; “Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma.
“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
“The government has directed the relevant security agencies to expedite investigation on the incident and promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice.”
It will be recalled that some unknown gunmen on Saturday, April 23 attacked Uzodinma’s residence and two people were reportedly killed.