Governor Hope Uzodinma’s country home in Omuma, Oru East LGA of Imo state State has been attacked by gunmen.
They were said to have invaded the governor’s village house in the early hours of Saturday, before torching it.
Imo State Commissioner of Information, Declan Emelumba, confirmed the attack.
“Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the Governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma.”
“At about 9 am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tires, stormed the country home of the Governor in Omuma, Oru East LGA and attempted to burn down the house.
“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimized 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 Commissioner noted that security agencies have been asked to investigate the incident, promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice
Though it could not be ascertained, there was rumour that a security operative attached to the house was killed.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but sources alleged that the attackers are suspected members of the Eastern Security Network of IPOB.
Briefing reporters shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the Governor condemned the recent attacks by armed bandits on communities, especially in the Northern part of the country, challenged the security agencies to urgently reveal the names of their sponsors.
He also condemned the call for secession by IPOB and some Yoruba elements, stressing that criminals particularly in Imo were a combination of individuals within and outside the state.