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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack on the police command headquarters and the correctional facility in Owerri, Imo State, labelling it as an act of terrorism.
He, therefore, ordered security operatives to move against the gunmen and bring them to book.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Twitter titled “President Buhari condemns daring terrorist attacks in Imo.”
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the deadly insurgent attack that took place on the Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Facility in Owerri, Imo State, on Monday, calling it an act of terrorism.
“In his reaction to the incident early on Monday, President Buhari praised the initial response by security guards and security forces for preventing greater loss of life and the destruction of public property.
“The President directed security and intelligence agencies in the state and the geo-political zone to fully mobilize and go after the terrorists, apprehend them and get them punished under the full weight of the law.
“He also called for the best efforts to be made to rearrest fleeing prison detainees, many of whom are believed to be deadly criminals.
“President Buhari then appealed to members of the public to assist the law enforcement agencies with any relevant information that could lead to the apprehension of these criminals who perpetrated this despicable act.
“He also urged members of the public to be vigilant as all of us have a stake in preserving our way of life from disruption by terrorists and anarchists while the Federal Government will use every available tool at its disposal to confront and terminate this bare-faced anarchy.”
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) had earlier in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Francis Enobore, said 1,844 inmates escaped following the attack on its custodial centre in Owerri on Monday.
This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.
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