May 27, 2024

Imo attacks: IGP orders clampdown on non-state actors, condoles with deceased families

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Etim Ekpimah

The Nigeria Police Force deeply mourns the recent attack on security operatives in Imo State, which resulted in the tragic loss of lives of officers from various security agencies who have been dedicated to ensuring peace and protecting lives in the state.

According to Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the killings revealed the dangers policemen and other security agencies go through to protect lives and property of members of the public.

He said: “The incident, which occurred on Tuesday 19th September, 2023, in Oriagu, Ehime Mbano Area of Imo State, serves as a stark and painful reminder of the daily risks and sacrifices that our security personnel willingly embrace in their unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our communities.

“The security agents affected by this senseless act of violence, comprising Police Officers, the Military, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) were diligently responding to a distress call from the area which turned out to be fake, and targeted at luring them into the ambush.”

He noted that the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Egbetokun, however, assured the public that the NPF is fully committed to collaborating closely with other relevant authorities to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the heinous act while relentlessly pursuing the cause of justice.

Speaking, he added that the Ag. IGP assured that the force would redouble its efforts to bring the culprits to book and guarantee the safety of our officers and the security of our communities, while earnestly imploring the public to remain calm and vigilant.

He further urged the public to extend their cooperation to law enforcement agencies in the collective pursuit of peace and order in Imo State and other parts of the country.

In the same vein, Ag. IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, equally extended thoughts and prayers to the families of the fallen heroes, pledging that the sacrifices made by their loved ones will not be in vain.

The NPF urges anyone who may possess information related to this incident to come forward and actively assist in the investigative process and/or send in information anonymously through the NPF Social Media handles @PoliceNG, or through mail at pressforabuja@police.gov.ng.

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