Governor Hope Uzodinma has expressed concerns over the insecurity issues ravaging his state of Imo.
The APC governor said he cried when he saw the devastation a recent class between the military and the masses caused in Izombe, Oguta Local Government Area of the State.
One Obele, an ex convict, who escaped prison and two soldiers were killed during the clash, with many houses and properties also destroyed.
He said, “I am shedding tears. I am shedding tears because the properties of my brothers and sisters suffered to built were burnt. I would not have been a Senator without the kind of support I got from Izombe.
“I take Izombe as Omuma, my home town. It is painful all our sufferings, struggle and God answered our prayer. It brought us blessings. Instead of us continuing to see blessings we are seeing obstacles. God will punish those behind all these things happening.
“Why we gave birth to these children is to grow and be useful to us and that they will listen to our advice. Let us advise them and what I want to tell you people; what happened will never happen again. We can’t suffer for years and waste all we laboured for in the past, just because of one foolish person. We will never allow it to happen again. I have seen how the houses were destroyed and how people abandoned their homes.
“I want to ask: are we in war? Not now that I am the governor what my governorship has come to do is to bring development and not destruction. I will send a committee to come and look into all the damages so that we can assist in repairing the damaged houses. I give the youths of Izombe seven days to return weapons in possession. I want to say this, I will disappoint my enemies and Imo State will continue to move forward.”