Okorocha lambasts Uzodinma as Imo govt accuses him of owerri jailbreak
A former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha and the Imo State government on Friday, clashed over Monday’s attacks on the custodial centre and the state police command headquarters.
While the state government accused Okorocha of dancing on the graves of victims of insecurity in the state, the ex-governor said the administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma had continued to chase shadows instead of real issues of governance.
Declan Emelumba, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who spoke in Owerri, on Friday, accused Okorocha of gloating over the recent security breaches in the state.
“He (Okorocha) is reaping political capital over the unfortunate incidents and has even gone ahead to incite northerners against the government and people of Imo State,” Emelumba said.
The commissioner made it clear that it was curious that just a few hours after Monday’s attacks, some northern youths slated a press conference, where they carpeted Uzodinma and “effusively” praised Okorocha.
According to Emelumba, “The youths, who were acting a script written by the former governor, even went as far as calling on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Imo State.
“It was not a mere coincidence that the words used by the northern youths in the text of their press conference were the exact ones repeated by the former governor in his unsolicited advice to the governor.
“The reference made by Okorocha on how he used to fraternise with IPOB (the Indigenous People of Biafra) and militants suggests that he was still in touch with them and could even have used them to cause mayhem in the state.”
Emelumba added, “It is a direct slap on the face of Imo people for Okorocha to say that the causes of the security breaches in the state are poverty and injustice when he greatly impoverished Imo people by mindlessly appropriating their commonwealth in a most unjust manner, as established by the judicial commissions of inquiry that investigated his tenure in office.”
But in his reaction, Okorocha, through his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, flayed the state government for its alleged inefficiency in handling security in the state.
Onwuemeodo said the Uzodinma administration had continued to chase shadows instead of real governance issues.
Recall that Uzodinma had during the week accused “aggrieved politicians” of sponsoring Monday’s attacks.
In an interview with a correspondent, Emelumba said the police were investigating the sponsors.
He, however, debunked the speculation that Government House Closed Circuit Television footage captured the attackers.
“There was no footage, the police are investigating,” he said.
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