Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma briefed the media after having Imo Stakeholders’ meeting at the government house in Owerri. Gov. Uzodinma urged Imo citizens to sue for peace, said the government will work with the security agencies to curb the menace by hoodlums in the recent EndSARs protest.
The Governor said:
“We just finished the meeting and we called the political leaders, religious leaders, youth leaders, opinion leaders for a discussion to properly inform them of the situation that is today on ground in Imo State rising from the peaceful protest carried out by our youths, genuine protest which all of us identified with their demands also resolved and in line with my government, some miscreants took over undue advantage of that situation and decided to visit mayhem on innocent citizens, looting shops, destroying police stations, INEC offices, Local Government headquarters…
“It became necessary that the government should invite our brothers and sisters and leaders alike to inform them of the situation on ground. Government on their part is also not going to be hard on the youth. I have to commend our youths who in their wisdom have decided to leave the streets, they have left the streets and has returned back to their various homes, so our youths are no longer protesting particularly giving that those who were responsible for the looting, burning down police stations, burning down of eeh INEC offices and Local Government offices in Imo State are not from Imo State.
“They were hired hoodlums from machineries that were supposed to kill our people and destroy our properties. So we have decided to direct the police, the security agencies consistent with the director general of police to take over the public space and ensure that maintenance of law and order, and ensure that all this hooligans are brought to book.
“So it is our advice and our resolution in fact arising from this meeting to advice all our sons and daughters not to go to the streets to ferment trouble as anyone seen trying to ferment trouble on the street from today is considered one of the hooligans that are looting the place that are burning down police station and the police has been directed also not to sit idle and allow hooligans overwhelm them, so they have the provisional training and knowledge on how to contain eeh violence and bring public order to reign so that is really essentially the purpose for this meeting and the meeting went well and all the leaders in Imo state that are here today agreed to this submission and encouraged the government and security agencies to do their job.”