Nigerian police chief, Mohammed Adamu, has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of being responsible for the recent attacks on police officers, facilities and yesterday’s jailbreak in Owerri.
The Inspector-General of Police in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said that the attackers of the Owerri Correctional Centre came with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns and AK47 rifles.
Adamu also ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force and other police tactical squads in the state to strengthen security and prevent further attacks on security formations or other critical national infrastructure in the state.
The statement read, ”Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns, Sub-Machine Guns, AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades, Improvised Explosive Devices, are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network.
“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 armoury.”
The statement titled, ‘Imo attack: IGP deploys security reinforcement squads, sets up special investigation team,’ revealed that the police suffered no casualties while the armoury was intact.
It added that the operational vehicles of the attackers had been recovered and was being subjected to forensic scrutiny and investigations.