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Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Saturday afternoon canceled his flight to Owerri, the state capital, from Abuja, following the attack on his residence and the general spate of insecurity in the state he governs.
The governor who was to have returned to the state on Saturday from Abuja after visiting the President, Muhammadu Buhari, in Aso Villa on Friday, abruptly cancelled the trip according to inside sources.
The governor’s advance protocol and security men, including Government House officials had already arrived at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, in anticipation of Uzodinma’s arrival when news filtered in that the governor had terminated his trip back to the state.
A Government House source confided in correspondents that the governor was advised by security chiefs not to embark on the trip to the state.
The source said, ‘The governor was advised not to come back to the state today (Saturday) because of the prevailing security situation in the state. It was top security advice and the governor had no option but to cancel the trip to Owerri.’
However, the Imo State Government said the attack on the governor’s house may be politically motivated.
The state Commissioner for information and Strategy, Emelumba, in a statement on Saturday, said the state government had charged security agencies to arrest the suspected sponsors of the attack and the fleeing gunmen who carried out the attack.
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