- An officer of the Nigerian police who survived Monday's attack on the police headquarters in Imo has thanked God for keeping him alive
- He however lamented that he lost his barely 4-year-old car as it was completely burnt by the attackers
- Nigerians took to his comment section to show solidarity and encourage him
Monday's attack by gunmen on police headquarters and federal prison in Owerri, the state capital left many in shock as several others continue to count their losses.
A policeman took to social media recently to appreciate God for helping him survive the attack.
The officer identified as Eddy Purity Tom, while praying for his colleague battling life at the hospital, lamented that he lost his car to the unfortunate incident.
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Sharing photos of the vehicle burnt beyond recognition, he expressed optimism that he would get another car.
"The car is gone but my life is spared
"Thank You Dear God.
"By the power and favour from God Almighty I will still get another car, maybe even better than the avalon.
"Someone is battling life at the hospital from the same attack. May God safe his life."
Nigerians took to his comment section to give him encouraging thoughts.
Esther Ekeh said:
"God is your strength,i which you healthy, and God will give you your car back,as for your friend God will help his soul and heal him."
Enoch Uche wrote:
"Accept my condolences brother. May God save us in this country, no one is safe."
Asukwo Ekpe commented:
"In every situation, thank God. For It has decided to keep you for a purpose best known to It alone. Be strong and accept my compassion."
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When contacted, an aggrieved Tom told Legit.ng that he has been left to lick his wounds with no support from anyone.
He decried the nonchalant attitude that seems to be the norm in Nigeria each time problems befell an officer of the law.
"What I understand in this part of the country is that whatever happens to a police man on duty is his problem.
"I bought the car in 2018 and it was burnt by enemies of the State while I was on duty.
"Thank God their bullets didn't pick me at such close range and intense firing."
Meanwhile, a police officer who pleaded anonymity said lack of power supply weakened the resolve of officers on ground at the time of Monday attack as the police headquarters is usually in total darkness at night and this leaves them open to attack.
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The source also added that the danger of not having power supplied at night is that officers could be taken unawares. The source was quoted as saying:
"..But I want Imo state govt to link the police hqtrs to govt house electricity so there will also be 24hrs brightness (illuminating) in the place the manner it is in govt house."
Legit.ng also reported that a police officer had lamented the state of police barracks.
As part of its investigative mission, Legit.ng visited some of the barracks and sought the reactions of the occupants who obviously were displeased with the way the barracks have been neglected over the years.
A resident of Ijeh police barracks, Obalende, Lagos, who wanted his identify undisclosed complained that the dilapidated facilities are not befitting for those who have sworn to serve the country.