A correctional facility and police investigations department in Owerri were set ablaze by unidentified attackers in an overnight operation on Monday,
The incident was confirmed to our correspondent in Imo by the state police spokesperson Godson Orlando
it was gathered that the attackers struck the prison and police department shortly after midnight, freeing a yet-unconfirmed number of inmates and suspects.
Heavy gunfire also rang through the area, with an account saying hundreds of inmates might have escaped.
Senior government officials have been reportedly asked to shelter-in-place due to the proximity of the scene to the government house
The Owerri Correctional Centre had 2,156 inmates as against its installed capacity of 548 people.
The level of destruction and casualty figures were not immediately available, but pictures shared on Twitter showed heavy smokes billowing from what posters said were the scenes of the attack that lasted for more than two hours.