A youth who allegedly threw the stone which smashed the back windshield of the SUV bearing Imo State Governor; Hope Uzodinma on Sunday in Ohaji Egbema has been arrested.
Meanwhile, a source disclosed that Uzodinma had received a distress call that a vehicle owned by an oil company; operating in Mmahu Community in Ohaji Egbema had killed three persons, leading to the restiveness of youths in the community.
Subsequently, the Governor had immediately moved to the community on a fact-finding mission to assess the situation; as well as to calm frayed nerves and find an immediate solution to the problem.
Upon his arrival accompanied by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, CP Fafowora Bolaji Olaniyi; Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Collins Chiji; State and federal legislators from the area, and security operatives from the Army, SSS and Mobile policemen; Uzodinma was received by the community leaders.
Thereafter, he proceeded to meet with the traditional ruler of the community and the bereaved families.
Further, the source revealed that while the Governor was inside addressing the families; some aggrieved youths accused security operatives of shielding the oil companies. Subsequently, they demanded that the governor should address them as well.
Uzodinma was not attacked, source reveals
‘‘As the security operatives tried to calm them down or control the noise’; one of the youths hid behind others and threw a stone at the official vehicle of the Governor which smashed the back glass. He was immediately arrested by the security present. While this happened, Governor Hope Uzodinma was still inside the hall addressing the traditional ruler, community leaders and the bereaved family.
Continuing, he disclosed that: ‘‘Contrary to the claims that the Governor was attacked; some youths were agitating against security operatives whom they claim were conniving with oil companies to kill their people.
”In the process, one Mr Uzochukwu Chukuwukere who is the vice chairman of Egbema Youth Wing; threw a stone at them which landed on the vehicle.
”He has been arrested and handed over to security operatives,’’ he revealed.