Prison Break in Owerri Imo State:
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 freed all the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.
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The gunmen operated from 1am till 3am on Monday.
They sang solidarity songs at the Government House roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities, a security source told Punch.
On breaking into the prison facility with the aid of explosives and dynamite, the attackers told 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.
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It was also gathered that no fewer than 1, 500 inmates of the correctional centre were freed in the attack.
As at 9 a.m. on Monday, military men and other security operatives barricaded Okigwe road where both the police command and the correctional center are situated.
A NAN reporter who was around the area at the filling of this report, observed that smoke was still coming out from the premises of the police command and the correctional centre as a result of the explosives.
A security guard attached to Imo Government House, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen struck their targets with a dynamite.
“The military men that were contacted to save the situation were overpowered by the heavy weapons of the men cladded in black attire.
“They also burnt some vehicles parked at the entrance of the command headquarters,” he said.
The gunmen were also said to have danced and sung solidarity songs for more than 30 minutes before attacking the facilities.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attacks to NAN
He, however, assured the people of the state that the security agencies were on top of the matter.
According to him, only the State Criminal Investigation Department SCID session of the command headquarters are attacked by the gunmen.
He also confirmed that some vehicles were set ablaze by the gun men.
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NAN reports that security agents had on Monday morning condoned off the major streets in the state capital.
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The incident had created palpable fear on the minds of residents who are afraid to go about their businesses.
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