Gunmen who attacked a Correctional Facility near the State Government House Owerri, Imo state capital has freed about No fewer than 2,000 inmates on Monday morning.
The gunmen also attacked the Imo Police command headquarters where they freed another 600 suspects in custody, and burnt dozens of vehicles.
It was gathered that the attack started around 1.30 am and ended around 3.30am without any resistance.
Report revealed that the gunmmen converged in front of the Imo State Government House, circling the roundabout and chanting solidarity songs for about 30 minutes before setting out to attack the Police Command Headquarters.
They were said to have shot heavily as they approached the Command headquarters and launched attack on the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) as well as the former SARS.
Officers on duty reportedly ran away as the hoodlums released every suspect in detention. However, the anti-kidnapping unit located some meters away inside the police barracks at Shell Camp was the only unit left untouched.
Sources said the hoodlums were heard telling the detainees and prisoners “you’ve been released because Jesus Christ is risen from the death today”.
After releasing the detainees, it was learnt, the gunmen went ahead and bombed the building, setting dozens of vehicles within the Police Command ablaze.
After their unchallenged operation, the gunmen moved over to the Owerri Correctional Centre, which they forced open with dynamites, freeing over 2000 prisoners.
A source who chose to remain anonymous revealed that “Out of the more than 2,000 prisoners we have here, only eleven refused to run away with others.
“I want to tell you that since I was born, I have never seen nor heard these kind gunshots that I heard early this morning.
“Our happiness here is that there is no casualty. Those who have gunshot wounds are receiving treatments in the hospital.’’
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