The attack on Imo Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Facility in Owerri has been condemned by Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari who described it as an act of terrorism.
Gunmen on Monday attacked the two government facilities, razed their operational vehicles, and freed over 2,000 inmates.
In a statement on Monday afternoon by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President condemned the deadly attack on the two government facilities.
The President also described the attackers as “insurgents” who are bent on causing chaos and destruction in the nation.
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.
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.”