President Muhammadu Buhari has described the attacks on the headquarters of the Imo State Police Command and the Correctional Centre in Owerri, Imo State as terrorist acts.
President Buhari’s reaction contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, lauded the prompt response by security guards on duty and security forces.
The President directed security and intelligence agencies in the state and the geo-political zone to fully mobilise and go after the terrorists, apprehend and punished them in accordance with the law.
He also called for the best efforts to be made to re-arrest fleeing detainees, many of whom are believed to be deadly criminals.
The statement reads: “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 said on Monday that six inmates had voluntarily returned while 35 others refused to escape from custody after the correctional facility was attacked in Owerri, Imo state.
The CG, who disclosed this in a statement signed by the spokesman of corrections, Francis Enobore, ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident, and appealed to the good citizens of Imo state and indeed Nigerians to volunteer useful intelligence to recapture the fleeing inmates.