The Imo State Government is aware of the futile efforts by some people to whip up public sentiments against it over the arrest of Mr. Uche Nwosu at an Anglican Church on Sunday.
The plan is to de-emphasise the possible criminality behind his arrest by playing up the desecration of a church.
For the avoidance of doubt, while the government believes that no stone should be spared in the effort to rid the state of criminality and banditry, it will not support any form of disrespect for a place of worship by security agencies
In this regard, the arrest of Mr. Nwosu within the church premises could have been avoided and therefore stands condemned.
While government regrets the manner the arrest was made we wish to emphasise that since it was purely a security matter, the full reason why such an action was taken will eventually unfold and perhaps guide the public better.
The government, therefore, wishes to appeal to those negatively affected by the action to bear with the security agencies.
His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma holds the Anglican Communion in very high esteem and will never support any act that will disrespect her reverential status as a place of Divine worship.
The government will continue to protect the interest of citizens of the state while not impeding the work of security agencies.