Gunmen have invaded the country home of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state and set it ablaze, Commissioner of Information in the state, Declan Emelumba has confirmed.
Vehicles parked inside the compound were also torched.
The attack on the governor’s country home took place in the early hours of Saturday, but it was repelled by a combined team of security operatives attached to the house, Emelumba said in a statement.
He said, “Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma.
“At about 9 am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma, Oru East LGA and attempted to burn down the house.
“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimised the damage they had planned to unleash.
“In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded. Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored.”
Two security operatives were reportedly killed in the incident. It was gathered that one of the security men killed was an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
This comes within 24 hours after Governor Uzodinma accused politicians of funding banditry to run down the government of president Muhammadu Buhari.