Imo Jailbreak: Osinbajo, Uzodinma spits fire as gunmen attack another Police facility
Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was barely out of Imo State when gunmen attacked the Police divisional headquarters of Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the State setting it ablaze and freeing suspects in custody.
A source said: “On arrival, the gunmen freed the suspects before wreaking the havoc.”
This is coming barely 24 hours after gunmen who were armed with explosives and attacked the Imo State Correctional Service freeing 1,844 inmates. The gunmen also attacked the state Police Command Headquarters destroying properties.
Osinbajo had paid a visit to Owerri to assess the damage done described the attacks as cowardly, Osinbajo said the Federal Government is taking steps to strengthen security at the custodial centers and police formations nationwide to contain the security threats.
He said the release of inmates posed a threat to the welfare of citizens.
“Perpetrators of this act will be brought to book. They must not go scot-free. They are cowards and will be duly prosecuted.
“We will rejig the security architecture and strengthen security at correctional centers nationwide,” the Vice President said.
I was sad to see the level of destruction at the Correctional Facility in Imo State.
The path of violence can only lead to disaster. It is easy to take peace for granted but we need not learn the value of peace through the horrible crucible of war. pic.twitter.com/RQBYE8qemg
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) April 6, 2021
On his part, Governor Hope Uzodinma urged the police to defend themselves saying it is unacceptable for miscreants to attack the government and its facilities and get away with it.
He said: “Each time there’s any problem in the state, the police pay dearly for it. During the #EndSARS protests, it was the police that paid for it.
“This time around, these hoodlums emerged and were able to visit this kind of mayhem on police facilities.
“I don’t know what the rules are. But, I think it’s also going to be a terrible thing for an armed man to kill an armed man. I think the purpose of being armed is to, at least, defend yourself.
“If you must not retaliate; if you must not be on the offensive, you should be able to defend yourselves.
“The citadel of justice in Imo State rests here at the police headquarters. You don’t allow hoodlums to have their way; to enter this place, operate and go away scot-free. Overtly or covertly, it must be condemnable.
“I don’t want to identify with any situation that will encourage, insinuate or allude to the fact that miscreants will confront the government and get away with it.
“For me, it is unacceptable. There is no pretense because once police are insulted, the integrity of the government itself is insulted.
“So, we must rise as a government to take charge of discipline, to take charge of conduct and control and bring up enhanced performance towards ensuring peace and order in the society.
“Rise up and fight this so that our people will have a sense of security”.
The governor assured the police of his administration’s resolve to “always do our best to complement your efforts in making sure security, which is the primary purpose of governance, is provided”.
Earlier today, Vice President @ProfOsinbajo visited the Imo State Nigeria Police Force Command that was bombed in Owerri; commissioned the Dick Tiger Road constructed by Gov. Hope Uzodinma in Owerri. pic.twitter.com/uS6FQjML08
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) April 6, 2021