25 Fleeing Suspects Rearrested.. IG Orders Probe
The Force Headquarters has given an official account of attack on the office of Special Anti Robber Squad in Abuja by gunmen.A Statement by CSP Frank Mba, deputy force public relations officer said in the early hours of today, 26th November, 2012, at about 2am, unknown gunmen in large number attacked the premises of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Federal Territory Police Command. Policemen on duty responded swiftly and engaged the gunmen in a gun battle that lasted for some minutes, at the end of which the gunmen were successfully repelled ,he said.
According to the spokesman , in the confusion that ensued, about 30 suspects in the detention facilities of SARS broke out of the cells and attempted to escape. Tactical and coordinated efforts to re-arrest the fleeing suspects yielded instant result. So far, twenty five (25) of the suspects have been re-arrested, while five (5) suspects originally being held in relation to robbery related offences are currently at large, Mba said he said. two (2) Policemen died during the operation while two (2) of the attackers have been arrested.
Mba said “It needs to be emphasized here that no suspect held for terror related charges escaped from SARS detention facilities. No explosive or IED-related materials were used in the botched attack”.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, has personally visited the scene of the incident to assess the situation. He has equally ordered a high-powered investigative panel headed by a Senior Police Officer to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
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Similarly, the statement said the IGP has ordered water-tight security around all government and Police related facilities nationwide. The Police High Command also to appealed to Nigerians for calm while reassuring them of the Force preparedness to perform its constitutional and statutory responsibilities of providing adequate security for the State and the entire citizenry. The Force therefore, enjoined “the public to continue to go about their lawful duty without fear or intimidation as adequate strategies have been put in place to guarantee the general security and safety of all Nigerians” Mba said.