Imo Attacks: Why Assailants Overran Police – Minister

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Mohammad Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs has said the Imo State Police Command was overrun by gunmen because they deployed their full arsenal and came in large numbers.

The Minister disclosed this on Friday when he appeared on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored by Punch.

African News Today had reported how gunmen attacked the Owerri Correctional Centre, freeing over 1,800 inmates. The assailants also burnt the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri and razed all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.

Dennis Amachre, a former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, DSS, had said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force at least three times before Monday attacks in Imo but the police failed to act on intelligence.

Dingyadi during the interview confirmed that the DSS alerted the police before the Monday attacks in Imo. He said the police fought well but the gunmen overpowered the police because they “came prepared”.

He said, “People are always pointing accusing fingers at the police. This report was not just sent to the police. It was sent to other security agencies and the government, as far as my understanding is concerned. The police at that particular time did the best that they could but were overpowered.

“Don’t forget that these people came prepared; they came with all the arsenals at their disposal and they came in large numbers and that is why they were able to overpower the police at the entrance of the police headquarters in Owerri.

“So, it is not just the police to be blamed, the police did their best and it was not only the police that was hit; the correctional centre in Owerri was also attacked. It is a collective responsibility. Security is the responsibility of everybody and we have a responsibility to ensure that we remain alert and focused on these issues 24 hours a day.”

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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