- Initial evidence gathered by the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed those behind the attack on the Imo police command
- Police IG Adamu said the members of IPOB's ESN were the people who attacked the station and the federal prison
- Adamu has ordered immediate reinforcements in the state to prevent further breakdown of law and order
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has disclosed that the attack on the force headquarters in Imo state are members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by police spokesperson Frank Mba on Monday, April 5, the IGP noted that initial investigations by the force showed that ESN, a security body recently launched by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was behind the attack.
The statement read:
"Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN)."
The statement informed that the police officers in the station at the time of the attack prevented the assailants from gaining access to the armoury to steal weapons.
According to the statement, the attempt by the attackers to enter the armoury at the Headquarters was resisted by officers on duty.
The officers repelled the attackers and prevented them from breaking in and looting the armoury which remains intact!
The police also confirmed that no officer was killed. A Police Constable only sustained a minor bullet wound on his shoulder.
In the bid to get to the root of the matter, the IGP ordered immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other Police Tactical Squads to Imo State to strengthen security in Imo state.
The police statement says this is to prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the state.
Legit.ng earlier reported how there was pandemonium in Imo in the early hours of Monday after gunmen now identified as ESN members, attacked a federal prison and the state police command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital.
Some inmates in the prison were set free by the gunmen.
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