The Imo State Governor confirms that the Owerri jail break was NOT carried out by IPOB.
Dr. Joe Abah made the above statement in response to ChannelTV reports on the Jail break in Owerri in which the state governor Hope Uzodinma said that the attacks on the police station was carried out by hired hoodlums from outside the state, who pretended to be IPOB members, committed the crime, and then left.
Dr. Joe Abah in his tweet said that the Imo State Governor confirms that the Owerri jail break was NOT carried out by IPOB. IPOB too has distanced itself from the crime. He further stated that it seems the former IGP misled the public when he blamed it on IPOB. He concludes by saying that the Government must fish out the criminals trying to foment anarchy in the South East.
Recall that gunmen with rocket-propelled grenades launched a series of coordinated attacks overnight in Southeastern Nigeria, targeting a prison where more than 1,800 inmates then managed to escape. The attacks began around 1 am in the town of Owerri in Imo state and lasted for about two hours. “Efforts are in top gear to re-arrest the fleeing detainees,” said Nigeria prison spokesman Francis Enobore, adding that 35 other inmates stayed behind during the prison break.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the former Nigeria Inspector General of Police (IGP) blamed a paramilitary wing of a secessionist movement active in the region called the Eastern Security Network (ESN). The ESN has said it is fighting for the protection of the Igbo people from foreign armed invaders killing their people.
“The attempt by the attackers to gain access to the police armory at the headquarters was totally and appropriately resisted,” a police statement said.