Inmates freed as gunmen attack prison, police headquarters in Imo

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Gunmen on Monday morning attacked the Owerri Correctional Prison in the Imo State capital and freed over 1500 inmates.

The attackers also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters situated in Owerri and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.

The hoodlums further freed the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.

Reports say that the gunmen operated from 1am till 3am on Monday.

They were said to have sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities, a security source confided in our correspondent.

On breaking into the prison facility with the aid of explosives and dynamite, the attackers told the inmates, “Go home, Jesus has risen. You have no reason to be here.”

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attacks.

He, however, assured the people of the state that the security agencies were on top of the matter.

This comes after seven persons were killed in three separate shooting incidents in Orlu town and Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area last week.

The attacks occurred on Wednesday and Thursday in Orlu and on Saturday in Umuaka.

Meanwhile in Enugu, last Monday, at least six persons were killed during a targeted attack at Adani Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.