More than 1,800 prisoners were released from a prison in Nigeria’s Imo state, on Monday, in an attack by gunmen. Nigerian Correctional Services report this.
The matter concerns the Owerri prison, which was attacked at about 2.15 am by “unknown gunmen”. Prison Service spokesman Francis Inupure said they forcibly released 1,844 prisoners.
According to Inupuri, the attackers managed to reach the compound with explosives. They also took up their rifles and clashed with the security men.
Prison outbreaks sometimes occur in Nigerian prisons. Last October, 1,993 detainees managed to escape after an attack on a prison in the southwestern city of Benin.
“The situation is under control,” said Imo State Prisons spokesman James Madugba. Neighboring Abia state announced a curfew from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. after the attack.
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