OWERRI – The headquarters of the Imo State Police Command, Owerri and the Owerri Prison have been attacked.
A correctional facility and police investigations department in the command headquarters in Owerri were set on fire by unidentified attackers in an overnight operation on Monday.
The attack was said to have started around 2am on Monday (early this morning) and freed an unspecified number of inmates and suspects.
Senior government officials have been reportedly asked to shelter-in-place due to the proximity of the scene to the government house.
It was unclear how many prisoners escaped, the level of destruction and casualty figures were not immediately available at the time of filing this report, but pictures shared on social media showed heavy smokes billowing from what posters said were the scenes of the attack that lasted for more than two hours.
Effort to speak to the Police Public Relations Officer was not possible as a result of poor network as the the time of filing this report.
Sundiata Post learnt that soldiers from the Nigerian Army base in Obinze, Owerri, have restored calm in the town now.