Victory over banditry non-negotiable, IGP tells officers in Imo



 The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Adamu, has charged officers of the Police Command in Imo  not to give up on the fight against banditry, stating that the fight was non-negotiable.

The IGP gave the charge in Owerri on Tuesday while inspecting the command’s headquarters, following an attack on the facility by unknown gunmen on Monday.

Adamu who advised the officers to synergise other security agencies, said more tactical personnel had already been deployed to the state to further curtail banditry.

“Bandits never succeed, never spare them. Deal them ruthlessly. Unleash your full arsenal on them. The law is behind you.

must work together all stakeholders to fish out criminals and their hideouts. have increased the number of units that have and have sent more tactical personnel,” he said.

He urged the public to support the force relevant information on whereabouts of criminals, adding that those who hid criminals would one day become their victims.

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner of Police in Imo, CP Nasiru Mohammed, thanked the IGP for promptly deploying additional personnel and described the visit as a morale booster.

He said 36 vehicles were burnt during the attack 68 suspects escaping from detention cells.

He regretted recent attacks on the command’s divisions in Obowo and Isiala Mbano Local Government Areas of the state and called for continued support from the  IGP.

are grateful for the IGP’s fatherly disposition and his prompt action following the attacks.

“36 vehicles were burnt and 68 suspects escaped from detention. A part of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was set ablaze and was one casualty who is currently receiving treatment.

“One inmate lost from stampede at the correctional centre. Out of 1,844 inmates who escaped, 16 have been  rearrested,” he said.

Speaking, Gov. Hope Uzodinma, said the state government would continue to complement efforts of the police in fighting and described the IGP’s visit as a healing balm.

must not condone attacks by criminals on government. Police must not compromised so that the integrity of government remain intact,” the governor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IGP was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogah and a House of Representatives from Imo, Mariam Onuoha.  (NAN)