Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has said the preferred brand of vehicles used by gunmen in the various attacks in the state was provided by politicians during the last election in the state.
Speaking on a radio chat to mark the nation’s Democracy Day, the governor said the state government was compiling the names of such donors and would soon make it public.
According to the governor, the spate of attacks to escaped inmates from the April 5 attack on the Owerri custodial centre of the Imo State headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Services, NCoS.
Mr Uzodinma, however, said that some of the inmates were being re-arrested and sent back to the centre.
He said: “Most of the Sienna vehicles used in the attack were donated to these hoodlums by politicians during the campaigns and they failed to retrieve them after the election.
“We are compiling their names and we will soon make it Public.
“No government will sit by and allow hoodlums to take over his state.
You will also recall that during the attack on Owerri Custodial centre, more than 1800 inmates were released.
“These were people who were arrested and tried for various offences and kept out of circulation.
“Now they have been unleashed to the society and causing havoc.
“I am happy that a good number of them are being re-arrested and returned back to where they escaped from.”
Mr Uzodimma said that the directive to transport operators to brand their vehicles was to check banditry and prevent hoodlums from using unmarked cars to attack citizens.