President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security and intelligence agencies in Imo State to fully mobilize and go after the terrorists that attacked the Police Command HQ and the Correctional Facility in Owerri.
Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to the President on New Media disclosed this on his verified Twitter Account @BashirAhmaad.
“Apprehend them and get them punished under the full weight of the law.”
It will be recalled that Inspector General of Police Muhammad Abubakar Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force and other Tactical Squads to Imo State to strengthen security situation in the state prevent further attacks on security formations in the state.
Earlier, the statement by Francis Enabore Public Relations Officer National Correctional Services stated that Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State has been attacked by unknown gunmen and forcefully released a total of 1,844 inmates in custody.
According to him attackers who stormed the facility at about 0215hrs on Monday 5th April, 2021, gained entrance into the yard by using explosives to blast the administrative block.
“They were said to have arrived the centre in their large number in several Hilux pick-up vans and Sienna Buses armed with sophisticated weapons and immediately engaged the security personnel on duty in a fierce gun battle. They eventually detonated the explosive to gain entrance”.
He said Acting Controller-General of Corrections, John Mrabure has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident and in collaboration with other security organizations, commenced a search and recover operations to recapture the fleeing inmates.
“While appealing to the good citizens of Imo State and indeed Nigerians to volunteer useful intelligence that will facilitate the recovery effort, the Ag. Controller-General wishes to assure that the security of custodial centres in the country remains sacrosanct.
He equally directed all officers attached to custodial facilities to remain vigilant at this trying moment in our history”
“As at the last count, 6 inmates have so far voluntarily returned to the facility while 35 inmates refused to escape from custody during the attack”.