A group of unidentified gunmen raided a police investigation department and correctional facility in Owerri, the Imo State capital, freed inmates and setting the facilities ablaze according to news coming in from the state.
Report from Punch estimate that at least 1500 inmate are freed or on the run. The police command and some vehicles parked in the vicinity were set ablaze by the gunmen.
However, according to a report cited from Thecable, an official source said that the attacks were carried out by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) using dynamites, heavy explosives, and AK-47 rifles.
“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(details of the level of carnage done to the facility and the number of inmates released is yet to be confirmed),” the source told thecable.
Adding that the operation lasted for close to three hours.
“The hoodlums also attacked the Police State Headquarters Owerri mine 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. The onslaught/operation lasted close to three(3) hours.”