Imo attackers’ attempt to gain access to police armoury repelled, says IGP



The Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu, mni has made some startling disclosures about the attacks on security in Imo on Monday.

Adamu said preliminary investigations into the attack revealed that the attackers came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons, General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs) and AK49 rifles.He said other items revealed by the investigation were Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The Force Public Relations (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. 

The IGP, according to the statement, said the investigation also revealed that the attackers were members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Specifically, the IGP disclosed that the attempt by the attackers to access to the Police armoury the Headquarters was totally and appropriately resisted and repelled by Police operatives on duty. He said the armoury was intact adding that the police did not suffer any human casualty, apart from a police Constable who sustained a minor bullet wound on his shoulder.

Already the IGP has ordered the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of Monday attack on security operatives and formations in Imo.

Other attacked were the Police Command Headquarters  in Imo  and the Headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) in the state.

 Adamu had directed the Commissioner of Police in Imo and the Police Special Investigation Team cases of attacks on security formation/operatives to carry out holistic investigations into the incident.He said the idea was to ensure that perpetrators of the act were fished out and brought to justice.

The IGP has also ordered the deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other Police Tactical Squads to Imo to strengthen security in the StateHe said the deployment was also to prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the State. 

Adamu said one of the operational vehicles of the attackers had been recovered by the Police and was currently being subjected to forensic scrutiny and investigations.

Adamu condemned the attack on the security outfits and had further directed the CP to harness the security reinforcement squads and other operational assets his disposal to take the battle to the door steps of the attackers.He described the deliberate and criminal attack on security operatives as an attack on the soul of the nation.

The IGP enjoined leaders in Imo, the South-East and other parts of the country to out against the unfolding violence and criminality.He urged citizens to avail the Police and agencies with useful information that could assist in identifying and arresting the criminals. (With report by NAN)