The convoy of Governor Hope Uzodimma was attacked yesterday while on his way to the 34 Attilary Brigade in Obinze, to inaugurate an officers mess built by the state government.
Tge thugs who were armed with various ammunition had claimed to be staff members of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC).
They were said to be protesting non-payment of their salaries, which has vindicated oppositions who have been in the past blamed by the state government for various protests.
The state Commissioner of Police Isaac Akinmoyede who confirmed the arrest of 15 suspects linked to the attack, said they were arrested with one locally-made pistol, two machetes, a mask, a chain and a padlock. He also disclosed that the incident which occurred around Concord area of New Owerri, did not claim any life.
Akinmoyede said; “They attacked the vehicles in the convoy with a locally made pistol and machetes.
He noted that during the protest, they smashed the windscreen of the vehicles in the convoy and seriously damaged other valuables.
The police commissioner added that the suspects have been handed over to state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.