Over 1500 inmates of the Owerri Correctional Center were on Monday freed when suspected gunmen attacked the facility located within the Imo State Capital.
The attackers also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters situated in Owerri and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.
The hoodlums further freed the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.
Sources claimed that the gunmen operated from 1am till 3am on Monday.
They sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities, it was gathered.
On breaking into the prison facility with the aid of explosives and dynamite, the attackers told the inmates, “Go home, Jesus has risen. You have no reason to be here.”
When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attacks.
He, however, assured the people of the state that the security agencies were on top of the matter.
The State government was yet to react to the development as at press time.