Hope Uzodimma, Governor of Imo State has said that the 14 youths killed by security operatives of Ebubeagu are bandits.
He added that the claims that the victims killed at Otulu Awomamma in Oru East Local Government Area were innocent youths returning from a wedding ceremony is false and a distractive propaganda to blackmail his government.
He stated that the Director of State Services had given them a briefing on the incident and an interim report had been made available to members of the Security Council.
He insisted that while the Security Council awaits a detailed report on the incident, the public should desist from using the incident as an opportunity and tool to blackmail the government.
Uzodimma also said the claim on social media and sections of the traditional media of15-year-old girl being allegedly impregnated in the DSS detention is false.
“Incidentally, the so-called 15 year old lady happens to be the girl friend to a key gang leader of the bandits terrorizing the state and on the trail of the DSS operatives,
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“Security report has shown that the fleeing gang leader had reached out to his sponsors who have resorted to using the 15 year old lady in question to blackmail the DSS and divert attention.
“The whole thing boils down to propaganda and blackmail targeted at the Security agencies.
“You know I will never allow anything ungodly to happen in Imo State. Their target is to puncture the relative peace the security agencies have helped us to achieve in Imo State and we are determined to sustain the peace. We won’t be deterred. No amount of propaganda will make us to loose focus.” Uzodinma said.