No fewer than one thousand five inmates were said to have been freed when unknown gunmen stormed the Owerri Correctional Centre in Imo State, in the early hours of Monday.
The prisoners were reportedly freed after the attackers set the Correctional facility ablaze in an operation that lasted from 1am to 3am.
FOX CHANNEL NEWS gathered that the attackers equally touched the Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, where many vehicles were set ablaze.
Our source said the attackers freed many suspects held in the State Criminal Investigation Department’s cells in the command.
According to a security source, the unknown attackers who carried out the operation that lasted over three hours sang solidarity songs for about 30 minutes at the Imo State Government House roundabout before moving on to attack the facilities.
“They broke into the prison with explosives and dynamites and subsequently ordered the inmates to go home,” the source said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, is yet to officially react to the incident as at press time.