The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, while commenting on Monday’s attacks in Owerri, gave reason why the perpetrators were able to overpower the police.
According to the Minister, it was because the gunmen “came with all the arsenals at their disposal and in large numbers.”
Dingyadi made this clear on Friday while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by AmbrosyMediaInfo.
Recall that a former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, had said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force at least three times before the attacks but the police failed to act on the intelligence.
However, in his reaction to the DSS alert, Dingyadi confirmed that the DSS alerted the police before the attacks. He said the police fought well but the gunmen overpowered the police because they “came prepared.”
Speaking further he said, “People are always pointing accusing fingers at the police. This report was not just sent to the police, it was sent to other security agencies and to the government as far as my understanding is concerned, and then the police at that particular time did the best that they could but they were overpowered.
“Don’t forget that these people came prepared, they came with all the arsenals at their disposal and they came in large numbers and that was why they were able to overpower the police at the entrance of the police headquarters in Owerri.
“So, it is not just the police to be blamed, the police did their best and it was not only the police that was hit; the correctional centre in Owerri was also attacked. It is a collective responsibility.”