Nigerian police chief calls for vigilance in wake of gunmen attack in southern Nigeria

2021-04-06 14:56:09 GMT2021-04-06 22:56:09(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LAGOS, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's police chief on Tuesday called on police officers and the public to remain on high alert and be extra vigilant in the wake of an attack on police headquarters and a custodial center in the southern state of Imo on Monday.

Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, made the call in Owerri, capital of the state of Imo while inspecting the police headquarters, adding more tactical personnel had already been deployed to the state to further curtail banditry.

He charged police officers in the state not to give up on the fight against banditry, stating that the fight was non-negotiable.

"We must work together with all stakeholders to fish out criminals and their hideouts. We have increased the number of units that we have and we have sent more tactical personnel," he said.

The police chief urged the public to support the force with relevant information on the whereabouts of criminals, adding that those who hid criminals would one day become their victims.

Unkown gunmen attacked the police command headquarters and a custodial center in Owerri in the early hours of Monday, and forcefully released more than 1,800 inmates in custody, according to local police and the Nigerian Correctional Service. Enditem