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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, last week blamed opposition politicians for the spate of insecurity in the state. The governor also raised the alarm that members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have become targets of attacks by politicians and their collaborators, who sponsor criminalities and killings.
Governor Hope Uzodimma who spoke at the wedding of Chinedu, son of business mogul and politician, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, at the Cathedral Church of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, the state capital, reiterated that some “wicked politicians have decided to hold Imo State captive, killing innocent ones and burning public and private property of Imo citizens, all in the name of politics.”
To buttress his point that wicked and mindless politicians are behind the killings in Imo, the governor wondered why all the victims – Ward Chairman, Ward Secretary and Woman Leader – in the incident which took place at Ogberuru in Orlu last week, were of the APC.
He said: “I have crosschecked since the inception of this mindless bloodletting in Orlu, Orsu and other communities in the zone, not one Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) person has died, neither were their houses burnt nor attacked. It is clear to me therefore that these killings are the handiwork of politicians who are after the APC members.”
The governor warned that the killings must stop now as his government is neither weak nor lacking in the zeal to deal with the perpetrators except that his administration has zero tolerance for bloodletting. He wondered how burning of police stations, local government headquarters and the killing of innocent and hapless citizens could help to advance the course or aspiration of any politician.
Recently, he noted that “soon the government will identify and separate those using the name of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to perpetuate crime from those who are actual criminals, kidnappers and armed robbers.”
He noted that while citizens have the right to criticise government objectively, taking life and burn down government institutions and individual houses in the name of opposition or in any guise is not the way to go.