Igbo socio-cultural group, Nzuko Umunna, disapproved the attack carried out on Imo correctional centre, and Imo state police command; both located in the State’s capital city, Owerri.
This was revealed in a joint statement signed by its Secretary-general, Dr Pascal Mbanefo; the coordinator, Ngozi Odumuko. The group commended the prompt directive by President Mohammadu Buhari to all security and intelligent agencies to arrest and prosecute the attackers, as well as the restraint displayed by the acting Controller General of Corrections, John Mrabure in his preliminary reports on the incidents.
However, it described the statement by the immediate past Inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, that the attackers were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra /Eastern Security Network as “hasty”.
It noted that the weapons deployed by the attackers were listed by the police chief which includes, General Purpose Machine Guns, sub machine guns, AK – 49 rifles, Rocker propelled grenades and Improvised Explosive Devices.
It said, the level of the sophistication of these arms and ammunitions, calls for a more holistic and dispassionate forensic investigation.
It stated; “Accordingly, we call on the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Usman Alkali Baba to adopt an entirely different, inclusive, sustainable approach in tackling the security challenges to ensure that government unearths the real masterminds of these wanton attacks and meets its primary duty of securing lives and property in the South East and Nigeria generally,” the statement read.
Consequently, it also added that an indept investigation was needed as there are speculations that there might have been security lapses leading to the near-absence of resistance from multiple security entities in the heavily fortified area.
“Nzuko Umunna is worried at the seeming tardiness in investigating of the Ebonyi killings and urge the Inspector General of Police to display the same level of speed and commitment shown in his preliminary assessment of the Owerri attacks in unraveling the masterminds of the killing,” it stated.
The group called on the Federal Government to rejig its security architecture in order to arrest the country’s fast decent into anarchy. It also urge the South-East Governors’ Forum, and State Houses of Assembly to revisit the popular quest for a regional security framework towards safeguarding the citizens against bandits, kidnappers and killer herdsmen.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News