Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State, advised members of the opposition parties and the Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday to refrain from instigating unrest in the region.
Opposition members and IPOB, according to Uzodimma, should encourage state prosperity rather than assist in the breakdown of law and order.
The governor dispelled rumours that his administration was behind the murder of innocent persons in Ekeututu, a town in the state’s Orsu Local Government Area, at a press conference held at the Government House in Owerri, on Wednesday, September 21.
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While regretting the loss of businesses and other market-related economic infrastructure during the operation, Uzodimma said his administration would take steps to eliminate all bandits terrorising the state.
He announced that a military major was killed and a captain critically injured by the bandits during the operations.
Uzodimma said his government would work out modalities to compensate traders whose goods and wares were destroyed during the operation.
The governor said his administration is not masterminding genocide in the area, asking his opponents to return from Abuja and visit the scene of the incident.
He also debunked the allegation that he hacked into the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission in his Omuma ward in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state and manipulated the figures.
The governor dispelled the allegation by one of the counsels for the detained leader of the IPOB, Alloy Ejimoakor, that his administration was killing people in the community with the state-owned Ebubeagu Security Personnel.
He said he was not ready for the politics of his re-election, adding that he was presently preoccupied with the electoral plans to ensure that his party, the All Progressives Congress emerges victorious in the South-East region in February 2023.