A day after armed men attacked a police headquarters and a prison facility in Imo State, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the state where he appealed to residents to reject violent groups.
PREMIUM TIMES reported the early Monday attack on the police headquarters in Owerri during which one police officer sustained gunshot injury. The gunmen, using guns and dynamites, also attacked the Owerri correctional facility where over 1,800 inmates were freed.
The police have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and its security arm, ESN.
The IPOB, which wants an independent Biafra country from the South-east states, has, however, denied carrying out the attacks.
In his speech in Owerri, Mr Osinbajo condemned the attacks as an assault on the way of life of the good people of the state, his spokesperson Laolu Akande said in a statement.
Nigerians must come together and reject the agents of anarchy seeking to cause chaos for their own selfish interests, especially as there are many more who are working tirelessly to build up the country’s system and to enhance it, according to Vice President Yemi.
Mr Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday during a one-day visit to Owerri, Imo State, where he commissioned a road project executed by the state government. While in town, the VP also visited Imo State Police Headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Centre, both of which were attacked in the early hours of Monday.
The vice president, who condemned the attacks as an assault on the way of life of the good people of the state, further noted that, “our system is not perfect – no earthly system is – but democracy provides channels for seeking redress for injury, for peacefully addressing the problems that ail us.