The Vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo visited Imo state a day after some armed men stormed and attack a police headquarters and a prison facility in the area where he pleaded with the residents to reject these violent groups.
The attack on the police headquarters reportedly took place on Monday with one officer sustaining a gunshot injury.
The gunmen who were heavily armed with guns as well as dynamites also attacked the Owerri correctional facility where over 1,800 inmates were set free.
The police blamed the attacks on anti-government group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security arm, ESN. The IPOB, in turn denied any claim to the attacks, stating that it has no hand in the recent events.
Vice president Osinbajo, in his speech condemned the attacks as an incursion on the livelihood of the good people of the state.
Mr. Osinbajo who during his one-day visit commissioned a road project, also took a trip to the attacked police headquarters and the Owerri correctional Centre.
He stated that 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.
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.
He said this while encouraging the good people of Imo state and imploring everyone to work together in the fight against the forces of evil.