War After Attacks: the Okoracha-Uzodimma War of words

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The former IG of Police, Mohammed Adamu while in Imo state on Tuesday said that members of IPOB are responsible for Monday’s attacks on the police command headquarters and the correctional centre, however, the Imo State government yesterday accused former Governor Rochas Okorocha of being behind same attack.

The former governor, Okorocha  who is currently representing Imo West Senatorial District in the senate responded to the governor to stop politicizing security and that Uzodimma should rather seek his counsel on how to deal with criminality.

The escalation begun when the Imo Commissioner for Information Declan Emelumba claimed the former governor engaged thugs whom he had granted amnesty to unleash violence on the state.

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Uzodimma had on Wednesday, while speaking on Channels, blamed aggrieved politicians for the attacks, but he did not name anyone.

According to Emelumba,  Okorocha sponsored some northern youths who called for the declaration of a state of emergency in Imo barely hours after the attacks.

He insisted that Okorocha is trying all he could to frustrate the investigation against him

“Recall that the man had gone to court to stop the commission from sitting. When that failed, he approached Governor Uzodimma to disband the panels.

“When that failed, he resorted to violence to repossess property government had sealed. That is the motive for the attacks,” the commissioner said.

Displaying a purported copy of a press statement by the northern youths where they castigated Uzodimma but praised Okorocha, Emelumba said it was not rocket science for people to know the person behind the attacks.

“How come the former governor is not condemning the attacks if not because it is his brainchild?” the commissioner asked.

He insisted that the government of Imo state had information about how a special adviser to the former governor procured the thugs who invaded Owerri on Monday.

In a response, Okorocha, who spoke in Jos, the Plateau State capital  said instead of Uzodimma to face the challenges of leadership, he preferred to blame politicians.

According to Okorocha, he was ableto keep the state peaceful in his tenure because of his wide consultation.

Okorocha said: “The recent attacks on the police headquarters and the correctional centre in Imo State, the unending herdsmen crises, the banditry, the unending Boko Haram, kidnapping – these are all products of poverty and injustice.

“While I call for peace and understanding, we have a duty as leaders to correct these ugly issues of injustices and poverty which are ravaging the country.

“During my time as a governor, Imo State was very peaceful and these security issues and agitations were on. We applied wisdom in the sense that we talked with the traditional rulers, the youth leaders and made them see reasons.

“That is the way to go, engaging them with issues rather than this idea of bringing in Air Force and Army as a first measure.

“Whoever is saying politicians are involved is trying to politicise the whole thing. I don’t think that any sane politician will go and ask youths to shoot at the Police headquarters and all that.

“My message to him (Uzodimma) is that he should face the challenge of leadership and consultation at this time.

“If the governor consulted me and said: ‘how did you handle IPOB during your time that there was peace in Imo State? How did you handle the issue of kidnapping? How did you handle the issue of agitators?’ I would have told him.

“During my time, we collected more than 100 AK-47 rifles from the youths who came for exchange willingly just by talking to them. We must always understand that these children are ours.

“We are overloading the military and the police in trying to help the situation when we have not tackled the issues of injustices in this country and the issues of poverty.

“As long as these continue in the form and shape they are going on, and as long as young men wake up in the morning and no job and poverty are ravaging the system, there is little or nothing the armed forces can do because it is a growing thing.

“The young men are coming out of schools, they are not getting jobs. We must address those.”

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