Shock as gunmen attack Imo police command, correctional centre, free inmates

Some gunmen Monday attacked Police command headquarters in Imo and the correctional centre in Owerri with explosives.

The gunmen were said to have operated with no fewer than 10 at about 2 a.m. Monday, setting free some inmates.

A source who wanted anonymity further told the News of Nigeria (NAN) that no fewer than 150 suspects were released from the command.

It was also gathered that no fewer than 1, 500 inmates of the correctional centre were freed in the attack.

NAN reports that as at 9 a.m Monday, military men and security operatives barricaded Okigwe road where both the police command and the correctional center are situated.

A NAN reporter who was around the area at the filling of this report, observed that smoke was still coming from the premises of the police command and the correctional centre as a result of the explosives

A security guard attached to Imo Government House, who spoke condition of anonymity, said the gunmen struck with dynamite.

“The military men that were contacted to save the situation were overpowered.

“They also burnt some parked at the entrance of the command headquarters,” he said.

The gunmen were also said to have danced and sung solidarity songs for more than 30 minutes before attacking the facilities.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack

He, however, assured the people of the state that the security agencies were top of the matter.

According to him, only the State Criminal Investigation of the command headquarters are attacked.

He also confirmed that some were set ablaze by the gun men.

NAN reports that security agents had Monday morning took charge of the major streets in the state capital.

The incident had created palpable fear the minds of residents who are afraid to go about their businesses.(NAN)