December 1, 2023

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Attackers of Uzodinma’s Country Home Threaten Nigeria’s Existence —NGF

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has condemned attack by gunmen on the country home of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

The governors, who said the attackers constitute a small league of persons trying to harm Nigeria’s corporate existence, however, stressed that the assailants must be brought to book.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that at least three security operatives were killed when gunmen attacked Uzodinma’s country home in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State. Part of the building and cars in the compound were also torched by the assailants.
The gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra were said to have launched the attack following the killing of its Commander, one Ikonso, by joint security operatives on Saturday morning.
Reacting in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, the governors said the perpetrators took criminality too far.
The statement was titled, ‘Razing of Governor Hope Uzodinma’s Country Home – Message from Colleagues’.
It read, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum deeply sympathises with Governor Hope Uzodinma and commiserates with all those that have been injured, maimed or killed.
“The Forum calls on all good citizens to cooperate with the nation’s security forces and the government in trying to build a civil, safe and secure environment for our citizens.
“For those behind these crimes, they must understand that they do not have the monopoly of violence. This is taking criminality to reckless and irresponsible heights.
“All hands must be on deck to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act as in our view, they constitute a small league of persons trying to harm the corporate existence of our beloved country, Nigeria.
“The mantra for every Nigerian at such a challenging time in our history must be how to forge peace and unity across the nation’s divides and to shun violence and wanton destruction.
“Only then can we have a country to call our own.”
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