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Osinbajo Visits Imo; describe Owerri attacks as ‘mindless violence’



Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has called on Nigerians to come together and reject the agents of anarchy seeking to cause chaos for their own selfish interests.

The VP made the statement when he visited Imo State Police Headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Centre, both of which were attacked in the early hours of Monday. NewsWireNGR reported the attack on the police headquarters in Owerri during which one police officer sustained gunshot injury. The attackers, also sacked the Owerri correctional facility and freed over 1,500 inmates

Describing the attacks as an assault on the way of life of the good people of the state, the Vice President 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.

“There are many who are working tirelessly to improve our system, to build it up and to enhance it. We must, therefore, reject the agents of anarchy that are seeking to weaponize the frustration and discontent of our young people for their own profit.

“The path of violence can only lead to a disaster that consumes everyone and leads to the desolation of our communities. It is easy to take peace for granted but we need not learn the value of peace through the horrible crucible of war.”

the Vice President, referring to those who may be behind the Monday attacks, said, “We must reject any attempt to portray these criminal elements as anything other than representatives of their own malice and hatred. They do not represent the good people of this state and this geopolitical zone.

“Anyone who perpetrates violence does not represent the progressive mindedness of the good people of this State and this zone. And I call on all of us to come together to resist any attempt to turn the progress and peace that this zone is set to experience to conflict and disruption.”

He said an attack on the critical institutions of law enforcement, police stations and prisons is an attack on the safety, security and well-being of the citizens.

“It is not merely an assault on law and order, it is a mindless attack on the people and our way of life.

“When you attack police stations and free dangerous criminals, you put men, women, children and their possessions and livelihoods at risk.

“Whatever the motives of the perpetrators, this action is egregious and atrocious in the extreme, and all men and women of goodwill must openly condemn this assault on the way of life of the good people of the state.”

Prof. Osinbajo assured the people of the state that “The security in this city and the State has, since yesterday, been further enhanced and we are set to strengthen security capacity even more here.”

The VP noted that the search for the escaped inmates of the Correctional Centre has begun in earnest.

“I want to commend the Governor of the State for his calm, measured, but firm handling of the security situation in the State. The Federal Government stands with you and the great people of Imo State at this crucial time,” he added.

Spokesman to the Vice President, Laolu Akande said in a release that Osinbajo was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and others.

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