The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has strongly condemned the attack on security operatives in the Oriagu community within the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on Tuesday. Egbetokun conveyed this message in an official statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Wednesday.
In his statement, the Acting IGP affirmed that the Nigerian Police Force is collaborating closely with relevant authorities to launch a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the incident.
He assured the public that the Force is committed to intensifying its efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and ensure the safety of its officers and the security of communities. Egbetokun also called upon the public to remain calm and vigilant during this challenging time.
Furthermore, the Acting IGP urged the public to extend their full cooperation to law enforcement agencies as part of a collective effort to maintain peace and order in Imo State and other regions of the country. He expressed his condolences and prayers for the families of the security personnel who lost their lives in the attack, pledging that their sacrifices would not be in vain.
Egbetokun appealed to anyone with information related to the incident to come forward and actively assist in the ongoing investigative process or provide anonymous tips through the police’s social media channels.
He emphasized that this incident serves as a painful reminder of the daily risks and sacrifices undertaken by security personnel in their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the safety and security of our communities.
The security agents affected by this act of violence, including Police Officers, Military personnel, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), were responding diligently to a fake distress call that was designed to lure them into the ambush, the statement added.
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