BY DEJI OGUNSOLA
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the attacks on the Owerri Custodial Centre and Police Command Headquarters in Imo State as an act of terrorism.
He condemned the incidents which he said were insurgent attacks on the facilities in the Imo State capital on Monday.
Yabatech Radio had reported that a total of 1,844 inmates were released during the early-morning attacks on the custodial centre and police headquarters.
The President praised the initial response by the security guards and security forces for preventing greater loss of life and the destruction of public property, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in a statement hours after the attacks.
President Buhari in his statement directed the security and intelligence agencies in the state and in the South East to fully mobilise and go after the assailants.
He also called for the best efforts to be made to rearrest fleeing prison detainees, many of whom were said to be deadly criminals.
The President further appealed to the people to assist the law enforcement agencies with relevant information that could lead to the arrest of the criminals who attacked the custodial centre and police headquarters.