Imo attack: Uzodimma condemns incident, sets up commission of enquiry



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’.

Uzodimma expressed his displeasure after the State Security Council meeting at the , Owerri on Monday, where he assessed the level of damages.

The governor, who had earlier visited the two in the company of heads of security agencies in the state, said the attack was to instill fear and make the people vulnerable.

He said had set up an enquiry panel into the incident with a view to finding out the circumstances surrounding the attack.

He said that and security agencies would definitely get to the root of the matter to fish out the perpetrators.

Uzodimma assured residents of the state of their noting that government and security agencies would be proactive to forestall a reoccurrence.

He disclosed that than 1,800 inmates were at the correctional service they were freed by the gunmen adding that some of had started returning voluntarily while others had been rearrested.

“It has been an eventful day today Easter Monday in Imo as yet to be accertained gunmen attacked the correctional service centre, setting some abaze and releasing some inmates.

“The gunmen were at the police headquarters where they destroyed 38 vehicles and also set the ablaze.

“Efforts by the gunmen to penetrate into the Government were not successful as they ended up shooting sporadically at the entrance gate,” he said.

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 () 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. ()