By Victor Nwachukwu
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu instructed officers at the police command in Imo not to give up the fight against banditry, saying the fight was non-negotiable.
The IGP gave the charge to Owerri on Tuesday during the inspection of the command headquarters, following an attack on the facility by unknown gunmen on Monday.
Adamu, who advised officers to synergize with other security agencies, said more tactical personnel had already been deployed to the state to further reduce banditry.
“The bandits will never succeed, never spare them. Treat them ruthlessly. Unleash your entire arsenal on them. The law is behind you.
“We need to work with all stakeholders to hunt criminals and their hideouts. We have increased the number of units we have and we have sent more tactical personnel, ”he said.
He urged the public to support the force with relevant information about the fate of the criminals, adding that those who hid the criminals would one day become their victims.
Earlier in his speech, the police commissioner in Imo, CP Nasiru Mohammed, thanked the IGP for the rapid deployment of additional staff and described the visit as a morale booster.
According to him, 36 vehicles were set on fire in the attack and 68 suspects escaped from holding cells.
He regretted the recent attacks on divisions of command in the local government areas of Obowo and Isiala Mbano and called for continued support from the IGP.
“We are grateful for the fatherly disposition of the IGP and its prompt action after the attacks.
“36 vehicles were set on fire and 68 suspects escaped detention. Part of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was set on fire and one victim is currently under treatment.
“An inmate lost his life as a result of a stampede at the correctional center. Of 1,844 detainees who escaped, 16 were re-arrested, ”he said.
Speaking, Governor Hope Uzodinma said the state government will continue to complement police efforts in the fight against crime and described the IGP visit as a healing balm.
“We must not tolerate attacks by criminals on the government. The police must not be compromised for the integrity of the government to remain intact, ”the governor said.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the IGP was accompanied during the visit of Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogah and a member of the House of Representatives from Imo , Mariam Onuoha. (NOPE)
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