Gunmen on Monday morning attacked a prison in Owerri, the Imo State Police Command Headquarters, and the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) building. Security sources have said inmates were freed in the raid which began at around 1AM.
Although the police said, “some inmates” were freed, a media report claimed as much as 1, 500 inmates escaped.
“At about 0100hrs of date, armed men suspected to be members of IPOB/ESN criminal gang in their numbers invaded Owerri Prisons mine using dynamites and other heavy explosives, gained entrance and released some inmates in the prison,” a security memo published by PR Nigeria said.
“The hoodlums also attacked the Police State Headquarters Owerri while firing consistently with AK 47 rifles and explosives, released some suspects detained in the SCID cell and put fire on so many vehicles parked at the Headquarter premises including the SCID office building.”
This is a developing story and there will be more news to come.