One person has died after gunmen attacked the Owerri Correctional Prison in Imo State, South East Nigeria and freed over 1500 inmates.
According to reports, the armed men stormed the correctional facility in the early hours of Monday from about 1am till 3am with the aid of explosives and dynamite.
On gaining entrance to the facility, the attackers opened the doors for the inmates to escape saying they have no reason to be at the prison. They told the inmates “Go home, Jesus has risen. You have no reason to be here.”
Sources also revealed that the armed men sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facility.
The attackers also burnt down the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri without sparing all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.
The hoodlums further freed the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.
Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, has confirmed the attack. When contacted, he answered in the affirmative confirming that the facilities were truly attacked.
The Public Relations Officer of the Service, James Madugba, also told journalists that the authorities are still trying to get the accurate data of inmates who escaped and the level of devastation caused.
He explained that details will be shared as soon as accurate information and data is collected.