Unidentified Hoodlums Have Set Imo Police Headquarters On Fire And Free Prisoners Sunday Night.
A correctional facility and police investigations department in Owerri in Imo State Capital were set alight by unidentified attackers in an overnight operation on Monday, April 5, JomogNews Nigeria reports.
This online medium gathered that the hoodlums took advantage of the calm atmosphere of Easter to invade the centre at the wee hours of Monday.
This development came after the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed said that he had deployed over 4760 personnel to ensure maximum security during and after the Easter celebration.
It is gathered that there was sporadic shooting on Monday morning which lasted for three hours before the centre was bombed.
Owerri residents and commuters who ply the Okigwe road are apprehensive as the situation is degenerating.
Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations officer, Orlando Ikeokwu proved abortive as his phone was unavailable at press time.
Heavy gunfire also rang through the area, with an account saying over hundreds of inmates might have escaped.
A security officer told PRNigeria that the attackers used dynamite and sophisticated gun during the attacks.
“Heavy gunshots and explosions could be heard in the area when they arrived with sophisticated weapons including dynamite and guns
“Meanwhile while some of the inmates in the Correctional facility refused to go while others have voluntarily returned.”