The Nigeria Police Force has accused the IPOB and ESN as masterminds of the attack on the police command headquarters in Imo state and Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS),
According preliminary investigation, the police stressed that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network(ESN) in the wee hours of Monday morning razed the Imo Police Command Headquarters and freed inmates at the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS).
This was contained in a statement released by the police public relations officer, Frank Mba.
The PPRO stated that the Inspector- General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other Police Tactical Squads to Imo State to strengthen security and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the State.
“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 attempt by the attackers to gain access to the Police armoury at the Headquarters was totally and appropriately resisted by Police operatives on duty who repelled the attackers and prevented them from breaking-in and looting the armory” the statement in part reads.
Mba added that the armoury is intact and that the police command did not suffer any human casualty, apart from a Police Constable who sustained a minor bullet wound on his shoulder.
He said one of the operational vehicles of the attackers has been recovered by the Police and is being subjected to forensic scrutiny and investigations.