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Gunmen release inmates, burn prison in Imo

Owerri correctional service and Police headquarters in Owerri have been attacked.

People suspected to be members of the eastern security network invaded the correctional service headquarters around 1.00 am today, freed inmates before setting the office ablaze and vehicles ablaze.

Many inmates were freed while vehicles and some office buildings at the service were set ablaze by the hoodlums.

A lifeless body of a man carrying a luggage was seen lying in front of the entrance gate to the correctional service.

The Public Relations Officer of the Service in the State Mr. James Madugba has confirmed the incident and said the service would brief journalists in due course.

Similarly, detainees at the Police headquarters Owerri were released by the gunmen while more than twenty vehicles parked at the headquarters were either burnt or destroyed.

The first entrance gate to the Government House Owerri was riddled by bullets while window glasses of a security house close to the gate were shattered.

The Public Relations Officer Imo state Police Command SP. Orlando Ikeokwu has also confirmed the attacks and said he would brief newsmen on the incident later.

Vehicles vandalized by the Attackers at the Owerri correctional service and police headquarters on Monday

Residents are calling on security agents to rise to the emerging security challenges in the area.

Chinazo Ilechukwu

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