Lawan reacts to Imo attacks, says such attitude can lead to insurgency
Ahmed Lawan, the President of Nigeria Senate has reacted to Imo attacks, describing the recent attacks on public assets as an attempt to distract the government.
According to the senate president, such actions can lead to insurgency.
Recall that Imo state in the past days has witnessed series of attacks on public assets by suspected hoodlums/gunmen.
Gunmen on Monday attacked correctional centre, and the police command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital and more than 1500 prisoners were reportedly freed in the attacks.
Speaking on Friday in Owerri where he inaugurated a road project, Lawan said those attacking government assets are enemies of the people.
“We have been experiencing insecurity recently, especially in Imo state — the jailbreak, burning of police headquarters and so on and so forth. These may be attempts by enemies of the people to distract this administration or indeed the government of the federal republic of Nigeria,” Lawan was quoted to have said in a statement by Ola Awoniyi, his spokesman.
“When a government programme or project is vandalised, when a government institution is vandalised and burnt, those doing so are enemies of the people.
“This is in the public interest and therefore for anyone, whosoever that person is, to go and release prisoners or burn down the correctional centre otherwise known as prison, is No. 1 enemy of the people.
“Our security agencies need more resources to ensure that we are all protected and life is secured, as well as our property. We will continue to support our security agencies in partnership with the executive arm of government.
“This is so important because this kind of attitude — this kind of insurrection — can lead to insurgency. We have witnessed that in the north-east.”
Lawan also advised Imo residents to support Hope Uzodimma, governor of the state.
“There is no ‘them and us’. It is government of the people, by the people, and for the people. So this is your government. Never allow anyone to confuse you or convince you that this is Hope Uzodimma government,” he added.
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