Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has spoken out about the unidentified gunmen who attacked police and prison facilities in Owerri.
On his checked Facebook page, Osibanjo wrote:
“The peace and tranquillity of our dear city of Owerri were shattered by heavily armed hoodlums who blasted open the doors of the correctional facility, allowing well over 1,000 inmates, many of whom were dangerous offenders, to flee. They also targeted the police headquarters at “Shell Camp,” burning many vehicles and trying to take over the police armoury if not for the police’s strong resistance.
“An assault on vital law enforcement agencies, such as police stations and jails, is an attack on citizens’ safety, security, and well-being.
“This isn’t just an assault on law and order. It is a mindless assault on the people and their way of life. When you target police stations and free violent criminals, you endanger women, men, and children, as well as their possessions and livelihoods.
“Whatever the perpetrators’ motivations, the action is egregious and atrocious in the extreme, and all men and women of goodwill must openly denounce this attack on the good people of this State’s way of life.
“Perhaps more than any other region in the world, this region has witnessed the terrible cost of lives, liberty, and progress that conflict entails. Our country learned an important lesson about the futility of violence in this beautiful land. However, some people feel that resolving problems and disputes by means other than violence is cowardice.
“If their voices of hate prevail, we will see the horrific and meaningless loss of life that violence brings. Our system is not perfect, and we can only strive to make it better; indeed, no earthly system is perfect; however, what democracy and democratic governance offer are avenues, however imperfect, for finding redress for injury and peacefully resolving the problems that afflict us.