The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has deployed security reinforcement squads and set up Special Investigation Team in Imo State to strengthen security and prevent further attacks on security formations or other national infrastructure in Imo State.
Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Nba disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday,and made available to TOS News.
This is coming following the attack of Gunmen on correctional facility and the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri of today.
According to the statement, 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).
It also added that 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.
Nonetheless, Ipob’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, earlier on Monday said the attacks were not carried out by operatives of Eastern Security Network (ESN).
The statement also hinted that one of the operational vehicles of the attackers has been captured by the Police and is currently being subjected to forensic scrutiny and investigations.
The IGP, who condemned the attack on the security outfits, has further directed the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command and a new Special Investigation Team (specifically set up to deal with cases of incessant attacks on security formation/operatives in the region), to carry out holistic investigations into the incident with a view to fishing-out the perpetrators and bringing them to justice, also described the deliberate and criminal attack on security operatives as an attack on the soul of our nation.
He therefore, noted that the Force is doing all within its powers to curb the activities of unscrupulous elements hell-bent on threatening the unity, safety, security and socio-ecomomic wellbeing of Nigerians.