Imo State Government says preliminary investigation into the attack on the country home of Governor Hope Uzodinma suggests it may have been politically sponsored.
Gunmen had in the early hours of Saturday attacked Uzodinma’s country home in southeastern Nigeria, burning a part of the house and killing two security guards on duty.
Declan Emelumba, the state commissioner for information and strategy in a statement hours after the attack said the attackers were 15 hoodlums who arrived in three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with tyres.
Mr Emelumba said: “Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma.
“At about 9am 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 tyres, 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 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.”
By Abel Ejikeme