Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, has stated gunmen overpowered the Imo State Police Command males on Monday as a result of they “got here with all of the arsenals at their disposal” and “in giant numbers”.
Dingyadi acknowledged this on Friday whereas that includes on Channels Tv’s ‘Politics Right now’ programme monitored by The PUNCH.
Gunmen on Monday attacked the Owerri Correctional Centre and freed over 1,800 inmates. The attackers additionally razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri and burnt all of the automobiles parked on the command headquarters.
A former Assistant Director with the Division of State Providers, Dennis Amachree, had stated the key police alerted the Nigeria Police Power at the very least 3 times earlier than Monday assaults in Imo however the police did not act on intelligence.
Talking on Friday, the police affairs minister confirmed that the DSS alerted the police earlier than Monday assaults in Imo. He stated the police fought nicely however the gunmen overpowered the police as a result of they “got here ready”.
Dingyadi stated, “Individuals are at all times pointing accusing fingers on the police. This report was not simply despatched to the police. It was despatched to different safety businesses and the federal government, so far as my understanding is worried. The police at that exact time did one of the best that they may however had been overpowered.
“Don’t neglect that these individuals got here ready; they got here with all of the arsenals at their disposal they usually got here in giant numbers and that’s the reason they had been capable of overpower the police on the entrance of the police headquarters in Owerri.
“So, it’s not simply the police to be blamed, the police did their greatest and it was not solely the police that was hit; the correctional centre in Owerri was additionally attacked. It’s a collective duty. Safety is the duty of everyone and we have now a duty to make sure that we stay alert and centered on these points 24 hours a day.”
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