- The Imo state government has reacted to a prison attack in the state
- No group has claimed responsibility for the attack
- The IPOB which was suspected to behind the attack has distanced itself from the incident
The escalating insecurity in Imo has prompted the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, to hold an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies in the state.
The meeting was held following an attack on the headquarters of the Imo state police command and a correctional service in the state, Channels TV reported.
The attack on the correctional centre led to the release of an unconfirmed number of inmates.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS)in Imo state, James Madugba, said the authorities are still trying to get accurate data of inmates who escaped and the level of devastation to the facility.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the federal prison and police command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital were attacked in the early hours of Monday, April 5.
The Cable reported that some inmates in the prison were said to have been broken free by the gunmen.
The police headquarters and some vehicles parked in the vicinity were also allegedly set ablaze by the gunmen.
In another news, the murder of seven traders of northern extraction in Imo state has caused tension.
Daily Trust reported that the victims were killed in separate shooting incidents in Orlu town and Umuaka in Njaba local government area between Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3.
An eyewitness, Harisu Umaru Ishiaku, said the killers who were dressed in military uniform stormed the Afor Umuaka market around 8.30pm and attacked the victims.
Pandemonium in Imo as gunmen attack prison, police headquarters, free hundreds of inmates, set vehicles ablaze
NigerianPM News reports that this was disclosed in a statement released by the spokesperson of the police, Frank Mba, on Sunday, March 27.
The police, according to the newspaper, accused the arrested suspects of being complicit in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in the southeast region and other states.