The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has singled out operatives of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) as the mastermind behind the attacks carried out on Monday in Owerri, Imo State capital.
A statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, revealed that the attackers, in an attempt to gain access to the Police armoury at the Headquarters used sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) but were totally and appropriately resisted by Police operatives on duty who repelled the attackers and prevented them from breaking-in and looting the armoury.
“The IGP, who described the deliberate and criminal attack on security operatives as an attack on the soul of our nation, has enjoined leaders in Imo State, the South-East and other parts of the country to speak out against the unfolding violence and criminality.
“The IGP calls on citizens to avail the Police and other security agencies with useful information that can assist in identifying and arresting the criminals.
“He vowed that the perpetrators will be brought to book, noting 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-economic wellbeing of Nigerians,” the statement added.
The bandits attacked the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison.
Scores of vehicles were razed around 1: am on Monday when gunmen attacked Owerri and freed at least 1,500 inmates.
The hoodlums also freed the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.