Imo Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma has condemned in strong terms the attack by gunmen at the Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Service Centre in Owerri describing it as ‘barbaric’.
He said government had set up an enquiry panel into the incident with a view to finding out the circumstances surrounding the attack.
He said that government and security agencies would definitely get to the root of the matter to fish out the perpetrators.
He disclosed that more than 1,800 inmates were at the correctional service before they were freed by the gunmen adding that some of them had started returning voluntarily while others had been rearrested.
“The gunmen were at the police headquarters where they destroyed 38 vehicles and also set the facilities ablaze.
According to the governor, a detailed investigation would be carried out and the perpetrators would be brought to justice.
However, normalcy has returned to the state while residents have been going about their normal businesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that major roads leading to the correctional service and Police headquarters in Owerri had been cordoned off and traffic diverted since the early hours of Monday.
It will be recalled that in less than two months five divisional police headquarters have been attacked at various locations in Imo by yet to be identified gunmen. (NAN)