The Imo State capital, Owerri was on Monday morning attacked by unknown gunmen.
Newsclickng.com gathered that the the federal prison and police command headquarters were major targets of the attacks.
According to eyewitness accounts on social media, several number of inmates were set free. Facilities at both the correctional centre and police command all at close distance to the Imo State Government House were also damaged.
See social media accounts of the incident below;
Reports of overwhelming attack on security & law enforcement establishments in Owerri, Imo State, SE Nigeria. State CID, Prisons. Perpetrators unclear but seem to have gone unchallenged for over 75 mins with discharge of high-calibre weapons. Possible detonations too pic.twitter.com/tw448edo43
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) April 5, 2021
Owerri prison and police investigations department were set ablaze by unknown gunmen last night according to reports. Many prisoners freed. There was a heavy gunshots around the area. pic.twitter.com/3G0DEPlVdF
— Amaka Ike (@Real_AmakaIke) April 5, 2021
This might be my last tweet, but I don't pray…
OWERRI, IMO STATE is severely on fire…
THE TENSION IS SO HIGH, LIKE WORLD WAR…
I'M Screaming… GOD HELP I AND MY SIBLINGS
— JUDEK (@Eb_Judek) April 5, 2021
Everybody in Owerri slept with their " hearts in their mouths."
The gunshots were too terrifying
Bia, was that a dynamite or what?
— Lambo lover (@Olachihope1) April 5, 2021
Owerri state CID attacked ,and all prisoners freed … this happens to be the most secured place in my state . Finally , E Don spoil kpata kpata pic.twitter.com/XG6gQikZra
— sixtus Nanjo (@sixtus_nanjo) April 5, 2021
God please save those in my hometown Owerri
— Joan Alia (@Queenjoan92) April 5, 2021
Jail break in Imo state, several inmates freed as Owerri came under attack in the early hours of today!
Residents were kept awake as sounds of gunshots and dynamite persisted. Cars are a others were set on fire within Prisons' premises. pic.twitter.com/BRUtTVOsXg
— Ngozi Clara (@ngoziclara) April 5, 2021
It is under Buhari that we have seen federal prisons broken into like an old woman's hut. Even armed criminals find it more difficult to get into an ordinary house than getting into a federal facility like the police headquarters and prison. Look at Owerri. Nowhere is safe!! pic.twitter.com/tUVy4QXjh5
— DEEP (@PopularOnyeka) April 5, 2021