Imo Attack: Go Home, Jesus Has Risen — Hoodlums Tell Inmates After Attacks On Owerri Prison, Police Headquarters
After the attacks on Owerri Prison and Police Headquarters in Imo, gunmen tell inmates to return home because Jesus has risen.
On Monday, suspected gunmen raided the Imo State command headquarters of the Nigeria Police and the State correctional centre in Owerri, freeing some inmates in the process.
Witnesses told the Sun Newspapers that the gunmen arrived barefooted in several Hilux vans around 1 a.m. on Monday.
According to the paper, the gunmen hit their targets with their dynamite. And the armed men who were called in to save the scene were said to be overwhelmed by the black-clad men’s heavy guns.
The attackers were also said to have set fire to some vehicles parked near the command headquarters’ entrance.
Soldiers were also targeted by gunmen in over ten vehicles at Umuorji on the Owerri/Onitsha expressway and Akabo on the Okigwe route.
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The gunmen is said to have danced and sang solidarity songs for around 30 minutes at the government house roundabout before attacking the facilities.
The attackers ordered inmates to “go home, Jesus has risen” after breaking into the prison facility with explosives and dynamite. You have no business being here.”
The facility’s armed guard fled when the gunmen’s superior weapons were noticed, according to our source.
Orlando Ikeokwu, the state’s police spokesman, confirmed the attacks when contacted.
He did, however, inform the state’s residents that security services were on top of the situation.
According to him, the gunmen only targeted the SCID session of the command headquarters.
Security officials had cordoned off major streets in the state capitals this morning, according to our correspondent.
Residents, on the other hand, were gripped by palpable terror, as they were afraid to leave.
The Sun produced this image.