Police officer killed in Imo prison attack, gunmen set inmates free

Tragedy struck at the Nigerian Correctional Centre on Monday Okigwe Correctional Farm Settlement in Imo State, which is one of the States dominated by Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in South Eastern part of Nigeria.

The latest attack happened barely three years after gunmen unleashed terror at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Owerri, the State Capita where some security personnel and set over 1500 inmates free.

Daily Trust Newspaper alleged that the attackers also abducted the Correctional service officer in charge of the settlement shortly before attacking the residence of Senator Patrick Ndubeze.

The Commissioner of Police (CP), Danjuma Aboki confirmed Monday attack when a policeman was killed by hoodlums who also set an unspecified number of inmates in the facility free in gun battle.

The Imo State Police Command’s spokesman, Henry Okoye said CP Aboki who visited the scene on Monday, ordered the immediate deployment of the Command’s Special Tactical Squad to hunt down the criminal suspects.

The Newspaper said the CP also blamed IPOB/ESN for allegedly being “responsible for the attacks on Correctional Service Farm Settlements, Umualomoke and the residence of Dist. Senator Patrick Ndubeze, both in Okigwe, in the early hours of 12/02/2024, which resulted in the release of seven (7) inmates, and abduction of the officer in charge of the farm settlement, and the death of a Police Inspector respectively”.

The CP, according to the statement, also mandated the special tactical squad operatives to intensify efforts in ensuring that the officer in charge of the farm settlement is rescued unhurt and the fleeing inmates arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

TheNewspad reports that Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State have been formally briefed on the prison attack and has mandated heads of security agencies in the State to work assiduously to track down the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

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