Imo: Gunmen freed inmates, Police confirmed, IPOB denies

Gunmen on Monday morning attacked the Owerri Correctional Prison in the Imo State capital and freed over 1500 inmates. 

They also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri the State capital, and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the premises. 

Report also said, the hoodlums freed the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command. 

Meanwhile, the Owerri Correctional Center through the Public Relations Officer of the command, James Madugba, confirmed the Monday attack on its facility. 

He said he could not confirm the number of inmates who were freed by the attackers.

"I can’t confirm the number of inmates who were freed but I all I could tell that there was attack and inmates fled. Vehicles at the center were burnt. 

"The administrative block of Center was also attacked." 

He, however, said that the command was going to come up an official statement on the number of inmates who were freed by the gunmen. 

Few hours to the attack, the Indigenous People of Biafra denied in a statement that "We have no hand in Imo jailbreak, and attack on police headquarters."

IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said that it was fallacious linking IPOB and the operatives of Eastern Security Network to the attack. 

The statement read...

"The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been drawn again to the fallacious and fabricated news that IPOB and ESN are involved in the attack of prison and police headquarters in Owerri Imo State. 

"IPOB and ESN are known group not unknown gunmen. ESN is in the bush chasing Fulani terrorists, why linking IPOB and ESN to this attack. 

"IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri Imo State, and the recent attack on Onitsha Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction. 

"It is not our mandate to attack security personnel or prison facilities.

"The Nigeria Government and her compromised media outfits should stop linking IPOB and ESN to the multiple attacks going on in Nigeria now. 

"IPOB was formed on principle of peace and we are still in it. Unknown gunmen is a different people which we don’t know them and they not IPOB or ESN security outfit."

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