Gunmen Attacks NCS Owerri, Police Headquarters

Gunmen attacks the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) Owerri, Imo State capital in South East Nigeria killing one.

Mr James Madugba, the Public Relations Officer of the service in Imo confirmed the incident to newsmen on Monday.

According to reports, this happened around midnight and it is unclear if inmates escaped from the prison.

An inmate was shot dead when he tried to escape.

About 30 vehicles were burnt by the gunmen at the police headquarters that was in the same area, said by BBC Pidgin reporter.

Mr Madugba confirmed the incident and also added that It’s unconfirmed whether some inmates escaped or not.

“We can confirm that the facility was attacked at about 2.00 a.m. Monday with operational vehicles burnt and many inmates at large.

“We have yet to confirm definite figures but we’ll make them public as soon as possible”, he said.

It’s important to note that the police headquarters is opposite the Imo State Government house.

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However, it’s yet unclear as to who carry out the attack and no group as come either to claim deeds of what had be done.

This is not the first time prison officials and correctional facilities are attacked in Imo.

The Federal Prisons now Nigeria Correctional Centre, Owerri, was built originally to accommodate 548 inmates however, they currently house over 1,700 inmates.

In 2016, one Henry Chibueze, also known as Vampire escaped from Imo High Court premises.

It followed a heavy shootout between gunmen and security operatives.

At that incident, the gunmen opened fire on the security operatives and inmates at the court premises.

This led to the killing of over 50 inmates from the prisons. Although, police later kill Vampire after a sting operation in 2017.

Armed gunmen still worries Imo state with several attacks on police officers in different parts of the state.

Also Read: Owerri prison break Imo state: Gunmen attack Police Headquarters, Nigerian Correctional Service

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