On Sunday, 8th of March 2020, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma was attacked by some alleged of Ohaji community during a sympathy visit to the rural area.
9jatoday has been informed of the incident which happened on Sunday, which saw the convoy of Hope Uzodinam of Imo state attacked.
According to facts gathered, Uzodinma had visited the Ohaji community to pay a condolence visit to families of some victims who had died in a truck crash.
It was reported that the governor’s convoy was attacked by the youths if the community for allegedly stealing votes to secure his seat as Imo State Governor.
Speaking about the incident, an eyewitness whose name was not revealed for security reasons narrates to newsmen and said; “Youths of Mmahu community upon sighting the governor’s convoy “Onye Oshi vote, Onye Oshi vote”
“They were throwing bottles and weapons at the bulletproof SUV of the governor.”
Meanwhile, reports from the police confirmed that the yet to be identified faces attacked the governor’s car while he was having a meeting with the traditional ruler of the community.
It was, however, confirmed that the Governor himself was not touched during the attack.
See photos of how the Governor’s car was smashed and one of the culprits involved.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Oguwike Nwachuku on his part explained that the governor’s vehicle was smashed by youths who fingered security operatives for supporting the oil companies rather than their kinsmen, but that Uzodinma himself was not reached.
The statement reads thus; “Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State was not attacked at Ohaji/Egbema on Sunday contrary to devilish propaganda being peddled by the opposition.
“The Governor was at Mmahu area of Ohaji/Egbema to sympathise with the community that lost three of their kinsmen on Friday following an accident that involved a truck belonging to an oil firm operating in the area.”
“The killing enraged the youths in Mmahu, causing their leaders to reach out to the governor to visit the community to call the oil firm to order.
“Governor Uzodinma who was soberly condoled with the families who lost their loved ones, as he addressed the leaders of the community at the Eze’s Palace.”
He added, “While the Governor was addressing the families, some boys among the aggrieved youths were heard making noise outside, accusing the security operatives of supporting the Oil companies and demanding that Governor Uzodinma should address them too.”
“While the security operatives tried to calm them down and control the noise, one of them allegedly hid behind others and threw a stone at one of the official vehicles of the Governor where they were parked and in the process smashed the back glass.”
“He was promptly arrested by the security present. While this drama was playing out, Governor Uzodinma was still inside the hall addressing the traditional ruler, community leaders and the bereaved families.
“Contrary to the claims that he was attacked, there is no truth in it as the meeting Governor Uzodinma had with the leaders of the community was fruitful while the families of the deceased were happy he came.
Meanwhile, reports confirmed that one Mr Uzochukwu Chukuwukere, the Vice Chairman of Egbema Youth wing said to have thrown a stone that damaged the windscreen of one of the vehicles has been arrested and has made useful statement to the security operatives.
Reacting to the incident, governor Hope Uzodinma called on the people to remain peaceful and not to take laws into their hands.
He said: “I will not be a party to anything that will be against my people, I will enjoin all of you to remain calm as the government will take all necessary steps to ensure that such thing doesn’t happen again.
“You must help me to help you, if you try to take laws into your hands for self-help, then I will not be with you. I can only be with you if you challenge me to solve the problem, in which case you must follow my rules and I will assure you of results.”
He, however, gave assurance to the people of the community that under his watch the problems of Ohaji/Egbema will be solved.
“I will ensure that money meant for the development of the area will be put to good use,” he reiterated.