Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma has declared that he will never and not going to negotiate with criminals.
The governor also said he will soon fish out those behind the anarchy and mayhem that happened in the state.
Speaking after the service at Government House Chapel, Owerri, the state capital, on Sunday, the governor said the identities of the hoodlums, including their names would be revealed in few days so that they can face justice.
According to him, security agencies have identified the mastermind of recent disturbances in the Southeast state.
“I will never and not going to negotiate with criminals. Anyone involved in any form of criminality aimed at bringing down Imo State by any means should have a rethink or such persons will have themselves to blame.
”Those out to bring the state down must be prepared to be brought down as well,” he said.
Expressing gratitude to the people for their understanding and resilience throughout the period of security breaches, the governor reiterated: “The mayhem in Imo State was carried out by hoodlums, bandits and a small percentage of IPOB members and aggrieved politicians who decided to sponsor violence to derail the government of the day.”
He affirmed that government will always use its powers in line with the oath it swore to protect the people and their property, noting that no individual, group or criminals will be stronger than government.
Uzodimma appealed to the people to be calm, saying “because God is with us and that is why the criminals and bandits failed in their nefarious activities.”