Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the attacks on the Imo Police Headquarters and the Correctional Centers in Owerri, the state capital.
In a tweet via her Twitter handle on Monday, the presidential aide said there will never be the Republic of Biafra again.
Onochie tweeted a video showing the then Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, receiving the then Biafran Vice President, Major General Philip Effiong, who facilitated the surrender of the Biafran State to Nigeria in 1970.
Effiong had assumed leadership of the secessionist state after the Biafran leader, Colonel Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, fled to Ivory Coast in the heat of the civil war.
“The very day nails were put in the coffin of Biafra. There’ll never be Biafra again, Never!” the President’s aide captioned the video.
She stated these following the statement by the Inspector General of Police which has accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra of being behind the attacks.
The statement added that the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force and other Police Tactical Squads to the state to strengthen security in the state and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the state.
The statement said in part, “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN).”
Relief on the faces of Philip Effiong 2nd in command to Ojukwu & his men as they surrender says #NeverAgainBiafra
The joy on d face of d then Head of state Yakubu Gowon says, #OneNigeria.
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) April 5, 2021