BY Maryam Abdullahi
Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo, says those sponsoring violence in the state will soon be exposed.
Uzodinma said this during a live broadcast to commemorate the workers’ day celebration on Saturday.
Imo has been witnessing increasing attacks, with two police stations razed while a federal prison has been raided in recent weeks.
The governor had blamed the attacks on aggrieved politicians.
During the broadcast, NAN quoted him as saying the sponsors of the attacks are unhappy with his achievements after one year in office.
“You would have noticed that disgruntled politicians in concert with militants and other criminal elements have unleashed violence in our state known traditionally for its peace and hospitality.
“Unable to contain themselves over the developmental strides of our administration in just one year, these enemies of our state have devised devious ways of not only distracting us but striking fear on our citizens.
“Let me assure the good people of Imo that investigations to unmask the sponsors of these security breaches in the state have reached an advanced stage and very soon we will expose and prosecute them.”
Uzodinma further said his administration will use all lawful means to crush criminals in the state.
“The government in collaboration with all the security agencies is more than capable of protecting the lives and property of all residents of the state; I swore an oath to that and I will never shirk this sacred responsibility,” he said.
“I am not a man who makes excuses, I have come to work for the people no matter the circumstances and no amount of distraction can derail me from my mission.
“I must warn that the day of mindless criminality in the state are over. Let me use this opportunity to assure all Imo people that I will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the security and safety of all of us.
“Without any fear of contradiction, I can declare to you that the recent security challenges in the state have been effectively contained.
“Imo people should therefore go about their lawful businesses without any fear whatsoever.”