President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the deadly insurgent attack that took place at the Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Facility in Owerri, Imo.
In a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, April 5, Buhari described the onslaught as an act of terrorism; saying the anarchists must be brought to justice.
Reacting to the incident, the president praised the initial response by security guards and security forces; for preventing greater loss of life and the destruction of public property.
He directed security and intelligence agencies in the state and the geo-political zone to fully mobilize and go after the terrorists; apprehend them and get them punished under the full weight of the law.
Buhari also called for the best efforts to be made to rearrest fleeing prison detainees; many of whom were believed to be deadly criminals.
He, therefore, appealed to members of the public to assist the law enforcement agencies with any relevant information; that could lead to the apprehension of these criminals who perpetrated this despicable act.
The president also urged members of the public to be vigilant; as ”all of us have a stake in preserving our way of life from disruption by terrorists and anarchists”.
He assured that the Federal Government would continue to use every available tool at its disposal; to ”confront and terminate this bare-faced anarchy.”
Meanwhile, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has denied reports of its involvement in the earlier attack at the Nigerian Correctional Service in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
According to the IPOB, its members and the Eastern Security Network have never involved in assaulting Nigeria’s security operatives.
This was contained in a statement issued by Emma Powerful, the media and publicity secretary of the group in reaction to the incident on Monday morning, April 5.
1st News had reported that hundreds of inmates at the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Owerri, Imo State were set free by unknown gunmen on Monday morning.
The gunmen also attacked the nearby office of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the state police command; also freeing suspects there.
The attackers burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters; and also freed all the suspects in almost all the cells at the SCID.