BY ERIC DUMO
Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo, has said that those responsible for the attack in the state were “criminal elements” operating under the cover of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.
In the early hours of Monday, gunmen attacked the state police command headquarters, a correctional facility, and a military checkpoint in Imo State, setting fire to buildings and vehicles.
The Nigerian Correctional Service said 1,844 prisoners were “forcefully released” from custody during the two-hour jailbreak.
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has since said that IPOB was responsible for the attacks.
Condemning the attacks in a statement on Monday, Uzodimma noted that the government was working with security agencies to apprehend the attackers.
He said, “I condemn in strong terms Monday’s attack on facilities belonging to the police and Correctional Services in Owerri. The development is regrettable and I call for thorough investigation into the dastardly act.”
According to Governor Uzodimma, the people that orchestrated the attack are “criminal elements claiming to be members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra”.
He added, “The primary aim of the IPOB members who carried out the attack was to create fears in the minds of the people and at the same time, strive to secure the release of their fellow criminals in custody.
“We are on top of the situation and there is no need for undue anxiety. I have met with the heads of security agencies in the state to evaluate the incident. I am confident that the situation has been brought under control as the plan of the perpetrators of the despicable atrocity which was to cause panic and fear in the State has collapsed already.”
He added that an investigation into the incident had begun and warned youths against being used to destabilise the peace of the state.