Imo: Gunmen Attack Prison, Free Inmates, Set Ablaze Facility

An unspecified number of prison inmates have been set free after gunmen on Monday attacked the Nigerian Correctional Services in Imo State.

The attack, reports say, took place in the early hours of the day after which the attackers set the facility on fire.

Also, the hoodlums also set ablaze the Imo state Police Command headquarters situated in Owerri and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.

They were said to have operated from 1 am till 3 am during which they sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities.

The police spokesman in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu confirmed the attack.

Also, the Imo State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service confirmed the attack on its facility.

Spokesman for the the service, James Madugba, told newsmen that the authorities were still trying to get the accurate data of inmates who escaped and the level of devastation caused.

He explained that details will be shared as soon as accurate information and data is collected.

According to him, no figure has been given on the number of casualties because there was a gun battle between the police and the gunmen.

However, it was observed that there was a lifeless body on the ground in front of the correctional centre.

The deceased is suspected to be a fleeing inmate because he was hit by a bullet while carrying his travel bag.

No fewer than 50 cars were set ablaze in the process.

This is the third attack in less than a month on police facilities in Imo State.

Some gunmen had on March 20 stormed the Isiala Mbano Divisional Police Headquarters in Umuelemai.

During the attack, the hoodlum injured a police officer and set ablaze files. They were said to have cordoned off the road before the attack.

On February 25, some gunmen razed the Aboh Mbaise Divisional Police Station in the state.

Some police officers have been killed and police facilities destroyed by gunmen who cart away rifles in similar attacks around the South-east and South-south regions, giving the impression that the attacks may have been coordinated.

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