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Breaking: Gunmen Attack Correctional Centre, Release Inmates In Imo State

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There is a report of a jailbreak in Imo State as gunmen attack Correctional Centre and the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri.

This reliable platform gathered that a correctional facility and police investigations department in Owerri in Imo State, southeast Nigeria, was set alight by unidentified attackers in an overnight operation on Monday, April 5.

The gunmen struck the prison and police department shortly after midnight, freeing a yet-unconfirmed number of inmates and suspects. Heavy gunfire also rang through the area, with an account saying over hundreds of inmates might have escaped.

How many prisoners escaped cannot be ascertained at this time, but Amnesty International said over the weekend that Owerri Correctional Centre had 2,156 inmates against its installed capacity of 548 people.

The level of destruction and casualty figures were not immediately available, but pictures shared on Twitter, showed heavy smokes billowing from what posters said were the scenes of the attack that lasted for more than two hours.

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