More than 2, 000 inmates at the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Owerri, Imo State were set free by unknown gunmen on Monday morning.
The gunmen also attacked the nearby office of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the state police command, and freed suspects there also.
The armed men burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters and freed all the suspects in almost all the cells at the SCID.
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It was Learnt that learnt that the gunmen operated in over 10 vehicles, and also attacked soldiers stationed at Umuorji along Owerri–Onitsha Expressway.
The attackers operated freely and unchallenged during the operation that lasted about two hours and said to have started between 1 am and 2 am on Monday.
The gunmen then went on to attack the Nigeria correctional center (NCC) and freed prisoners.
A security officer narrated what took place after the incident saying;
“There was a jailbreak at the Owerri Correctional Centre around 4am after the gunmen struck. Soldiers have been called in to secure the facility but several inmates have fled,” a source reported.
“It was so loud hearing the sound from two miles away from prison but I thought it could be a burial wake keeping but to my greatest surprise, my phone rang and it was my boss calling to know if I was at the headquarters which was negative because I was already at home.”
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