Security Tighten Up Around CoS Custodial Centres And Police Armouries To Forestall Attack By Hoodlums

By Stephen Ubanna

On the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army General, who is on a two weeks Medical vacation in the United Kingdom, Mohammed Adamu , the Inspector General of Police, IGP, has mobilised  the Assistant Commissioners  of Police  in their respective Zones and the state Commissioners of Police to tighten up security around  the Nigerian  Correctional Service, NCoS, an agency of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, and the Force armouries across the country.

The decision may have been informed following  the attack on the Imo state NCoS , facility, in Owerri, Capital of Imo state  and the attempt on the state Police armoury on Monday, April 5, 2021 by  the alleged armed embers of the  Indigenous  People of Biafra,IPOD. The IGP , had linked the attacks to the NCoS and the attempt to invade the state Police Command armoury to the proscribed Group.

 Given that IPOD has been proscribed by an Abuja High Court in 2017,and declared as a terrorist Organisation which  may have informed why the Katsina state born Nigerian President had described  ‘’the attacks  on the south eastern state Custodial centre as an act of terrorism’’.  

The Katsina state born Nigerian President who is not happy that over   1,800, inmates serving different jail terms including life imprisonment  were released from custody, was said to have directed   all the security and  intelligence agencies in the south east’’to mobilise  and go after the assailants’’ , whom he  he  had described  as terrorists, and in the category of the Islamic Fundamentalist Group , BokoHaram and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, insurgents operating in the north east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe , and apprehend them to face the full weight of the Law. The Nigerian President also believes that there is no difference between the IPOD  and the Bandits in the north west states of Zamfara, Kaduna and Kaduna, his home state or Niger , the home state of general Ibrahim Babangida, a one-time military President.

Many believe that the IPOD Leadership and their members have played into the hands of the Nigerian President  by daring to attack a  national asset: NCoS ,facility. The retired arny  General  may  have been looking for an opportunity to descend heavily on the proscribed IPOD Group which had been operating illegally in different parts of the south east and the oil Rivers state and Cross river state in the south-south  geo-political region and the opportunity came.

 Garba Shehu, a senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, may have alluded to this when he said  that the government  will use ‘’every available tool at its disposal  to confront  and terminate the bare-faced  anarchy’’.


As a prelude to getting to the root of the recent attack on the NCoS, facility, in Owerri, the Imo state Capital,  John Marabure, acting Comptroller General, NIS, was sad to have ordered  a Comprehensive Investigation  into the incident  and in Collaboration  with other security agencies . He was said to have also Commenced a search and recovery  operations to Capture  the fleeing  prison inmates.

While many of the inmates at the Owerri, Custodial Centre, saw the  forceful breaking into the Custodial facility as an opportunity  to escape, 35 of the inmates were said to have refused to join other inmates to escape but stay put, awaiting to  Completete their years of imprisonment and be released officially.

In spite of the fact that the alleged IPOD gun men  had succeeded in opening the door of the Owerri Custodial  Centre for the all the inmates to escape,  six of the more than 1,800 inmates  who had  escaped  were said to have   voluntarily  returned to the facility. That much was confirmed by Francis Enabore, the NCoS, spokesperson.  

NCoS Custodial Centre,Owerri Imo State

The alleged IPOD gunmen  may have regrouped  to break into the police armoury in the state police Command but  met a brick wall as they could not have their way.  ‘’The armoury is intact and no weapon is missing’’, the police Authorities had said.

The IPOD gun men who were said to have attempted to invade the Force armoury in the state were said to have armed themselves with sophisticated weapons such as’ the General Purpose Machine Guns, GPMGs, Sub-Machne Guns, SUMGs, , AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades, RPGs, and Improvised Explosives Devices, IED, but  gain entry because of the tight security. Note that these were the same weapons that were said to have been used to attack the Owerri CoS.

Informed sources told The Value News that one of the recovered Operational vehicles belonging

 to the alleged IPOD attackers is currently  being subjected  to forensic test and further investigations. This is bad news to the gangster and their sponsors as they would surely be traced and arrested to face the Law as a deterrence to others.

Police Vehicles Set Ablze In Owerri, Imo State

   Hope Uzodimma, a one-time Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria and governor of Imo state, who is not happy that an  NCoS , facility,and the state Police armoury  could be  attacked in Owerri, the Imo state Capital, may have been forced him to hold an emergency  security  Council meeting with the various  security  agencies Chiefs. The governor’s anger was how the attackers  who  have been terrorising the region in the recent time could set ablaze  some 50 operational vehicles belonging to the state Police Command and NCoS in one day.

Uzodimma, Aggrieved Governor of Imo State

. This may have informed why the  governor, who is not resting on his oars, as the state Chief Security Officer, is helping the police to track  the inmates who had escaped from the NCoS Custodial Centre.

 With what is happening in the south east states , particular, Imo and Eboyi states, the fear in several quarters in the region is that  the Nigerian President may militarise the region as obtained in the north west ern sattes of Zamfara, Kaduna and His state, Katsina  o north eastern states of Adama, Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice president, home state, Borno and Yobe in order to tame the gunmen.  

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