The police said the gunmen
, who had also stormed the Force headquarters in the state
, fueron armed with a variety of sophisticated weaponry and military hardware
“The attempt by the attackers to gain access to the Police armoury at the Headquarters was totally and appropriately resisted by Nigeria Police Force,” the force said in a statement Monday, adding that no lives were lost in the incident.
President Muhammadu Buhari
, who is currently on a medical visit to the United Kingdom
, described the simultaneous attacks as
“an act of terrorism
,” in a statement posted by his spokesman Garba Shehu
Buhari also directed the country’s law enforcement agencies to apprehend fleeing inmates, and arrest the perpetrators who “are believed to be deadly criminals,” el presidente dijo.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader for separatist group, IPOB, has denied the organization’s involvement in the attacks.
He told CNN: “We have no hand in what transpired in Owerri, Imo State. Una vez dicho esto, we do recognize and acknowledge the anger, resentment and a sense of injustice being felt by many people — especially the young ones,” él dijo.
“So what’s happening now is people trying to avenge the death of their loved ones at the hands of the Nigerian security services. Algunas personas, Yo creo, took it upon themselves to say ‘enough is enough. Anywhere that a government allows injustice to fester, they’re only inviting anarchy, Kanu added.
IPOB was proscribed and designated a terror organization in
2017 by the Nigerian government after its persistent demands for independence fueled periodic clashes with security forces
— leading to loss of lives.
The Buhari regime has continued to clampdown on IPOB’s activities, fearing that an escalation of secessionism — particularly in the group’s strongholds in Eastern Nigeria may engineer another Nigeria-Biafra civil war.
en un 2016 reporte, Amnesty International accused Nigerian security forces of masterminding the killing of dozens of unarmed pro-Biafra protesters
. The claims were denied by the Nigerian army at the time
En 1967, a high-ranking military officer
— Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
— led the breakaway republic of Biafra
, a secessionist state carved out from Nigeria’s southeast
It led to a bitter civil war from 1967 a 1970 and more than one million people died of starvation in the aftermath of the war.