The IMO POLICE COMMAND has Confirmed the attack on The Nigeria Police headquarters, Owerri, Imo State and the Nigeria Correctional Services(Prisons) which came under heavy attack by yet to identified gunmen.
The Imo State police public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, In a Telephone conversation said the unfortunate attack, which took place between 12am and 3am on Easter Monday morning recorded no casualty.
According to him, only the State CID section of the Police command was attacked by the gunmen and suspects released. he did not specify the number of suspects that was freed or the number of inmates that were freed as details are still trickling in said and promised to update press later.
Meanwhile Resident says The IMO State Capital Owerri has come under heavy security Presence with major streets around the areas affected condoned off by the security operatives.
The number of Casualties in the attack is yet to be ascertained as security men on ground, said several prisoners were released as the Police cells were also blown open and detainees released while the attackers urged them to “go home, Jesus has risen”.
A Reliable source told our correspondent that the gunmen who operated with about 10 vehicles, carried out the attack from about 1am and lasted for more three hours. He said they started by singing solidarity songs at the Government House roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the two facilities, and also attacked soldiers at Umuorji on Owerri-Onitsha expressway. adding that the attackers also burnt the operational vehicles of the soldiers, while the military men fled.
The source added that the attackers gained entry into the police headquarters using explosives and dynamite, telling the inmates: “Go home, Jesus has risen. You have no reason to be here”.
He said the gunmen allegedly released 600 suspects in custody at the police headquarters. This is even as they razed down the two facilities including numerous vehicles at the premises, sparing Only the Anti-kidnapping department of the state CID
But When contacted, spokesperson for the correctional center, James Madugba, said they would also address the press on the development later. We gathered that at least 2000 inmates may have been freed the Owerri Correctional Prison in the Imo State capital