IPOB, ESN Behind Attack On Police Headquarters, Others In Imo - IGP Adamu - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Monday, April 5, 2021

IPOB, ESN Behind Attack On Police Headquarters, Others In Imo - IGP Adamu

... President Buhari Condemns Deadly Attack On Police Headquarters, Prison, Calling It Act Of Terrorism

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From Jane Okafor, Abuja

Police authorities have said that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network(ESN) were responsible for the  razing of Imo Police Command Headquarters and freeing of inmates at the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) on Monday morning.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu said Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers - members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN)  stormed  the affected facilities with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
 
Adamu, therefore, ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other Police Tactical Squads to Imo State to beef up  security and prevent further assault on security formations or other critical national infrastructure in the State.

The police boss, said the planned criminal attack on security operatives represents   an assault on the soul of Nigeria and called leaders in Imo State, Igboland and other parts of the country to condemn the unfolding violence and criminality in the region.

The IGP also appealed to citizens to assist the Police and other security agencies with clues that could assist in identifying and arresting the Perpetrators and other criminals.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN).

“The attempt by the attackers to gain access to the Police armoury at the Headquarters was totally and appropriately resisted by Police operatives on duty who repelled the attackers and prevented them from breaking-in and looting the armory.”

Mba said the armoury is intact, explaining that the police suffered no human casualty, save a police Constable who sustained a minor bullet wound on his shoulder.

According to him, one of the operational vehicles of the attackers has been recovered by the Police and is being subjected to forensic examination and investigations.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the deadly insurgent attack that took place on the Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Facility in Owerri, Imo State, calling it an act of terrorism. 
 
In his reaction to the inciden, Buhari praised the initial response by security guards and security forces for preventing greater loss of life and the destruction of public property.
 
The President 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. 
 
He also called for the best efforts to be made to rearrest fleeing prison detainees, many of whom are believed to be deadly criminals. 
 
The President also 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. 
 
Garba Shehu, Buhari's Senior Special Assistant(Media & Publicity), in a release, quoted the President as urging the public to be vigilant as everyone has a stake in preserving  collective way of life from disruption by terrorists and anarchists.

 According  Buhari, the Federal Government will use every available tool at its disposal to confront and terminate this bare-faced anarchy. 
 




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