ATTACK ON SECURITY OPERATIVES: IGP URGE SOUTH EAST LEADERS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE UNFOLDING VIOLENCE, DEPLOYS REINFORCEMENT SQUADS
The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has called on South East leaders to speak against the recent deliberate attacks on security operatives in the region.
IGP Adamu made this call following the recent attack on the Police Headquarters and the Nigerian Correctional Services by men suspected to be members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) in Imo State in the early hours of Monday morning.
The hoodlums also freed over 1500 inmates in the correctional facility in the state.
In a statement released by the Police Spokesperson CP Frank Mba, the Command on orders of the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other Police Tactical Squads to Imo State to strengthen security in the State and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the State.
The Command has also been ordered to carry out holistic investigations in view to fish out and bring the perpetrators to book.
The Police Command revealed that the assailants who were armed with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), attempted to gain access to the Police armoury at the Headquarters but were resisted by Police operatives on duty.
CP Mba revealed that one of the operational vehicles of the attackers has been recovered by the Police and is currently being subjected to forensic scrutiny and investigations.
The Police Command reiterated its commitment to curb the activities of criminals hell bent on threatening the unity, safety and socioeconomic well being of Nigerians, while calling on citizens to avail the Police and other security agencies with useful information that can assist in identifying and arresting the criminals