Imo govt raises alarm, alleges fresh bid to distabilise state


L-R: Senior Special Assistant (Local Print Media), Modestus Nwamkpa; Chief Press Secretary/ Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodinma, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, and Director General, Imo State Orientation Agency, Ethelbert Okere, addressing the media in Owerri on the plot of some politicians to destabilise Imo State…Tuesday.

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By Valentine Amanze

Imo State government has raised alarm, alleging fresh plot by politicians to sponsor further destabilization of the state.

It said that the masterminds of the alleged plot were politicians from Imo State whom it said vowed that the government of Senator Hope Uzodimma would not have peace.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba, raised the alarm, while addressing newsmen at the Government House, Owerri on Tuesday.

Emelumba alleged, “A former governor of the state, and other disgruntled politicians have voted a hefty N5 billion with which to trigger another round of security crisis in the state.

“A serving member of the House of Representatives from Imo State is coordinating the destabilization plot.

“Part of the plot is to raise a petition to the Inspector General of Police that security has collapsed in the state and that the government has been overwhelmed by the challenges. They are going to use the recent unfortunate fate of our two Royal Fathers from Njaba to anchor their campaign.”

Emelumba said that after the petition, the politicians would commence a destructive campaign for the declaration of a state-of-emergency in Imo.

He explained that with the N5 billion at their disposal, they would sponsor sundry protests and violence in Imo as a way of giving vent to their position as being real, followed by intensive national and international media propaganda.

Emelumba said: “As I am addressing you now, a member of the National Assembly is leading the campaign. A serving senator and a perennial governorship aspirant in the state are planning a courtesy call on the Inspector General of Police to serve him the poisoned chalice that Imo State is ungovernable.”

The commissioner also alleged that those conspiring to unleash the fresh violence on Imo consist of politicians, who lost the 2019 election and have refused to let go.

He also named those indicted by the White Paper on recovery of land and looted assets of the state as being behind what he described as “the politically contrived security breaches in the state.”

“The actors had openly boasted to make the state ungovernable for Governor Hope Uzodimma, a threat he said, “had been maliciously executed.”

Lamentting that the perpetrators of the security breaches were dancing on the graves of innocent citizens, Emelumba wondered why they were still bent on causing more havoc in the state.

He said:  “It is truly alarming that greed and vaulting ambition could drive people to such villainous levels as to desperately seek to sacrifice the lives of their fellow citizens and the progress of the state just to get back at someone.

“Government is prepared to match them with legal force should they try to constitute themselves into security nuisance again.

“If in the first instance they took us by surprise, they will not have a second day.”

The commissioner said that “Governor Uzodimma was ready to discharge his constitutional responsibility of securing lives and property of citizens of the state.”

He said that “apart from pockets of security concerns like the murder of the royal fathers, Imo State had been largely peaceful as even acknowledged by the United Kingdom which didn’t list the state as one of the unsafe ones in its recent travel advisory note to citizens.”

Emelumba therefore advised Imo citizens to be on the alert and be prepared to “resist the plot of disgruntled politicians to trigger another round of violence in the state.”


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