Prisoners Flee As Gunmen Attack DR Congo Prison

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

Inmates have escaped en masse from a crowded old prison in the western Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Sunday, with at least one guard reported killed.

Two armed men arrived at the entrance to Matadi prison, subdued the guards and opened the main gate, allowing a large number of prisoners to flee, the prison’s deputy director Apolonia Londo told local media.

Commissioner Jean-Pierre Nzolani said meanwhile that police officers around the prison witnessed inmates escaping from a breach in the walls.

“They (police) shot in the air, but more than 300 people came toward them, grabbed their weapons from them and killed a policeman,” Nzolani said.

Another officer was shot and seriously injured, he added.

“Was it an inside job, a plot prepared for a long time?” the commissioner added. “We are trying to figure it out.”

Longo said that the prison had held 737 prisoners on Saturday morning but a headcount was under way to determine how many escaped.

The central prison in Matadi, the main city in Kongo province, was built in 1939 and is supposed to house 150 inmates.

 

Jailbreak: Over 3,000 Inmates Still At Large, Says Aregbesola

 

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, says there are over 3000 inmates still at large following jailbreaks in Nigeria within the last year.

Speaking at a media briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team at the State House in Abuja on Thursday, Aregbesola further disclosed that 4,860 inmates escaped from various custodial centers from 2020 till date, and out of this, 984 have been recaptured.

This leaves the country with about 3876 inmates out of custody.

According to Aregbesola, biometrics of all inmates in the country have been captured, and it is the hope of the Federal Government that this exercise will aid the tracking and rearrest of the escapees.

The former governor of Osun State stressed that the recent attacks on some correctional facilities in the country are a reflection of the insecurity in Nigeria.

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He explained that the government is on the trail of some of the attackers with a couple of them arrested in Imo State. The minister assured Nigerians that a ministerial task force will soon be inaugurated to enforce the re-arrest of all escapees and their collaborators.

Aregbesola’s comments come a few weeks after gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in the Abolongo area of Oyo State with an unconfirmed number of inmates escaping from the facility.

A few hours after the siege, the Federal Government said operatives had recaptured some of the inmates.

The Interior Minister in his reaction to the incident assured Nigerians that “the Federal Government will pursue not just those who attacked our facility, but those who have escaped lawful custody”.

One Shot As Suspected Hoodlums Lay Siege To Lagos High Court

A photo used to illustrate.

 

Suspected hoodlums on Monday laid siege to the Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square claiming that one of their members was shot by prison warders from the Kirikiri correctional centre.

They demobilised two Black Maria vehicles that had brought inmates from the Ikoyi correctional centre to court for their cases.

Their actions caused panic and made all the sitting judges end their proceedings abruptly. Registrars and litigants also took to their heels.

According to an eyewitness, the victim was shot while trying to interact with some of the inmates in the Black Maria.

Another eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said that after the victim was shot on the leg, information got to the suspected hoodlums, who swiftly mobilized and came to barricade the entrance of the court after which they deflated the tyres of the Black Maria.

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Meanwhile, a press release from the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) says that a security breach was averted at the Lagos State High Court TBS by the personal of the Nigerian Correctional Service Armed squad.

A statement by the PRO of the command, CSC Rotimi Oladokun says that “Persons suspected to be associates of an inmate taken to the Lagos High Court for hearing, staged an attack on the escort personnel with an attempt to forcefully release the inmate while at the premises of the Court. However, the quick response and vigilance of the NCoS court escorts thwarted their effort.

“A security reinforcement was immediately deployed to the court premises to prevent a breakdown of law and order. And All inmates have been successfully returned into secure custody of the Correctional Service.

“During the ensuing melee, one of the attackers’ was shot while trying to dispossess an armed personnel of his rifle,” it added.

Channels Television learnt that policemen from the nearby Kamsalem area were later drafted to the court to keep the peace.

Jail Break: We’ll Recapture All Escaped Inmates – Aregbesola

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola inspects the Nigeria Correctional Service facility in Oyo State on Sunday (October 24, 2021).

 

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has vowed to pursue and recapture all inmates who escaped from the Abolongo, Oyo, Oyo State, Custodial Centre of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) on Friday night when the facility came under attack by gunmen.

The Minister gave the assurance on Sunday morning during an inspection of the facility.

“I’m assuring Nigerians that the Federal Government will pursue not just those who attacked our facility, but those who have escaped lawful custody.

“The attack was unconscionable. I commend officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service and other members of sister security agencies who provided perimeter security for our facility for fighting gallantly and holding the fort before the attackers were able to gain access to the awaiting trial section of the facility. However, those who escaped are already being pursued. Some have been rearrested, many more will still be captured,” he said.

Giving more details about those who escaped, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola noted that, 446 out of 907 escapees have been recaptured, whilst 69 never left the facility.

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“As of the last count, 446 of the escapees have been recaptured, leaving 392 still at large. We want to assure Nigerians that the service has an updated database of the escapees which includes their biometrics. We are sharing the database with all security agencies in the country, including the Interpol, so those who escaped our recapture efforts can be nabbed.

“To those on the run, be assured you have nowhere to hide. You can run, but you can’t hide. We’ll fish you out! We are publishing details of those who escaped in the mass media so the public can assist in that effort,” the Minister reiterated.

 

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola addresses some prison officials during his inspection of the Nigeria Correctional Service facility in Oyo State on Sunday (October 24, 2021).

 

On the efforts to rebuild the damaged part of the facility, the Minister noted that he has directed the NCoS, to immediately begin remediation work.

“I have instructed the CG of NCoS to immediately begin the reconstruction of the damaged parts of the building. We hope to make the facility better secured and more habitable for the inmates,” he said.

Also speaking during the inspection, the Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, NCoS, Haliru Nababa (mni), noted that so far, the service has successfully prevented internal jailbreaks in all her facilities.

“The NCoS have so far prevented internal jailbreaks in the country. What we have reoccurring in recent times are external attacks on our facilities. We have been retraining our officers not just on securing those in lawful custody but in preventing external attacks.

“We are collaborating with other security agencies in the country to make such attacks near impossible and where they do occur, the attackers will not live to regret it,” the CG stated.

On the instruction given by the Minister of Interior to immediately begin remediation work on the facility, CG Nababa noted that work has begun already.

“As you can see, workers are already on site fixing damaged doors, broken windows and mounting walls. Before the end of today, work would have been completed on it,” Nababa stated.

Before leaving Oyo, the Minister’s entourage paid a courtesy visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, and commiserated with him over the attack of the FG facility in his town.

“We are here to commiserate with your majesty over the attack in your town less than 72hours ago. Oyo is known as a peaceful town and with the measures, we are putting in place, you can be assured nothing of such will take place again,” Aregbesola assured the monarch.

Gunmen Attack Custodial Centre, Free Inmates In Oyo

A combination of a silhouette photo of a man holding a gun, with photos of the custodial centre attacked by gunmen in Oyo State.

 

Gunmen have attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in the Abolongo area of Oyo State, authorities said on Saturday.

An unconfirmed number of inmates are said to have escaped from the correctional facility during the attack which occurred at about 10pm on Friday in Oyo town.

The spokesperson for the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Olanrewaju Anjorin, confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

A signpost of the custodial centre that was attacked by gunmen in Oyo town.

 

He explained that the gunmen arrived in Abolongo in large numbers and used explosives to gain access into the prison.

Anjorin also confirmed that several suspected criminals awaiting trial were freed by the gunmen during the attack.

According to him, NCoS authorities in the state swiftly mobilised support from other security agencies to trail the attackers and inmates, who are currently on the run.

The assailants destroyed some items at the facility.

 

Although the command spokesman could not ascertain if there was any casualty in the attack, he stated that investigations were ongoing.

A combination of photos of other items destroyed by the assailants.

 

Over 2,000 Inmates Flee

The attack on the custodial centre in Oyo town is the latest in the series of jailbreaks recorded in various parts of the country, during which many prisoners were freed.

Some of the fleeing inmates returned voluntarily, others were recaptured, while many are still on the run.

On April 5, Nigerian woke up to the disturbing news of an attack on Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State where gunmen forcefully released 1,844 inmates.

A screengrab taken on April 5, 2021, shows the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) custodial centre that was attacked by gunmen in Imo State.

 

A spokesman for the NCoS Headquarters, Francis Enobore, has said the assailants blasted their way into the facility using explosives.

While the search and recovery operation to recapture the fleeing inmates commenced immediately, correctional were asked to be vigilant.

“As at the last count, six inmates have so far voluntarily returned to the facility while 35 inmates refused to escape from custody during the attack,” Enobore had said in a statement shortly after the incident.

A screengrab taken on September 13, 2021, shows an armed security operative at the entrance of the Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State.

 

Five months after the jailbreak, a group of gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, Kogi State where no fewer than 240 inmates escaped.

As of the time of the invasion, 294 inmates were said to be in custody, out of which 224 were pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates.

30 Dead In Ecuador’s Latest Prison Violence – Officials

Ecuador’s flag

 

Thirty prisoners were killed and 47 wounded in a battle between armed inmates aligned to rival gangs at a jail in Ecuador’s largest city Tuesday, officials said.

It was the latest in a series of deadly clashes in Ecuador’s overpopulated and understaffed prisons that have killed more than 120 inmates so far this year.

The police chief of Guayaquil city, Fausto Buenano, on Wednesday updated the death toll from the latest clash from 29 to 30.

At least six were beheaded, according to the national prosecutor’s office.

“Thanks to police entering (the prison), more deaths inside were prevented,” said Buenano, in charge of the operation to retake control. He said the officers were attacked with guns.

President Guillermo Lasso retweeted an announcement from the prison bureau saying order “has been restored” after the clashes late Tuesday.

Ecuador’s prison system has become a battleground between prisoners linked to Mexican drug gangs — mainly the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels.

On February 23, simultaneous riots at four jails including Guayaquil left 79 inmates dead, several of them beheaded.

– ‘A war’ –
Last week, police confiscated two pistols, a revolver, some 500 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, several knives, two sticks of dynamite and homemade explosives at one of the city’s prisons.

Two weeks ago, Guayaquil’s Prison Number 4 was attacked by drones, part of “a war between international cartels,” prison authorities said. There were no casualties in that attack.

“There has been a prison crisis since 2010, with an average of 25 homicides per year, but it has accelerated significantly from 2017 to the peak of this year, in which we must have already surpassed 160 homicides,” Ecuadorian security expert Fernando Carrion told AFP.

Ecuador’s prison system has 65 facilities designed for about 30,000 but an actual population of 39,000 inmates, and chronic staffing shortages.

The country’s human rights ombudsman said there were 103 killings in prisons in 2020, with corruption enabling inmates to bring in arms and ammunition.

Located between Colombia and Peru, the world’s leading cocaine producers, Ecuador is a key transit for drug shipments to the United States and Europe.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main port city.

Between January and August this year, Ecuadorian authorities seized about 116 tons of drugs, mainly cocaine, compared to 128 tons in all of 2020.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has condemned the ongoing violence in Ecuador’s prisons.

AFP

US Court Rules Against Sentence Reduction For Low-Level Crack Offenders

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud

 

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that low-level crack cocaine offenders are not eligible to have their prison sentences reduced.

Sentences for crack cocaine offenders have been criticized as racially discriminatory but the nine justices on the nation’s highest court said they were not in a position to intervene.

The much harsher sentences handed out for crack cocaine over powder cocaine under tough 1980s war-on-drugs guidelines have been blamed for fueling the stark racial disparity in US prisons.

A gram of crack cocaine was treated like 100 grams of powder cocaine under a 1986 law.

Congress sought to address the disparity in 2010 by making the ratio 18 to 1, but it did not make the law retroactive.

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump signed the “First Step Act” which would apply the lesser sentences to those convicted between 1986 and 2010.

But it was not clear whether the relief applied to low-level offenders such as Tarahrick Terry, a Black man whose case went before the Supreme Court.

Terry, 33, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008 for possession of 3.9 grams of crack cocaine.

He asked for a reduced sentence under the First Step Act but the court ruled that the law did not apply to his situation.

“Unfortunately, the text will not bear that reading,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a separate opinion. “Fortunately, Congress has numerous tools to right this injustice.”

Crack cocaine use was rampant in some African American communities at the time the law was passed in the 1980s, and Black men in particular were severely impacted by the harsher sentences.

Belarus Activist Returned To Jail After Stabbing Himself In Court

A Belarusian activist who was hospitalised after stabbing himself in the neck in court has been returned to prison following surgery, the Viasna rights group said Wednesday.

Stepan Latypov, 41, on Tuesday rammed a pen into his neck on the first day of his trial on several protest-related charges during a hearing seen by government critics as part of a sweeping crackdown on political opposition.

Viasna, citing Latypov’s relatives, said Wednesday the activist was returned to prison and that family had been able to deliver him a parcel there.

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Latypov was detained last September and went on trial in the capital Minsk on several charges including creating protest symbols and resisting law enforcement.

Viasna said he appeared in court with bruises and that after his father was questioned Latypov climbed on a bench and stabbed himself in the neck with what appeared to be a pen.

Belarus was gripped by months of demonstrations that erupted after a disputed presidential election last August saw Alexander Lukashenko claim a sixth term.

Security forces cracked down hard on protests, detaining and imprisoning thousands of demonstrators and pushing opposition leaders into exile. Several people died in the unrest.

Another Belarusian political activist, 50-year-old Vitold Ashurok, died in jail in the east of the country last month, reportedly of cardiac arrest.

Belarus has faced a global outcry after Lukashenko’s government ordered the diversion of a European flight over its airspace last month and arrested dissident Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend who were on board.

AFP

Defend Nigeria’s Correctional Centres At All Costs, FG Directs Officials

A file photo of a correctional centre where inmates are serving various jail terms.

 

The Federal Government has directed officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) to protect all custodial centres in the country.

Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, gave the directive on Friday at a meeting with squadron commanders of the service at the NCoS Headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Amid the disturbing spate of insecurity in the country, the minister directed all officers of the services to defend the custodial centres at all costs.

“More importantly, you are armed and positioned to directly guard them and defend their integrity. Your mission is to defend the facilities at all costs. Let me repeat again, defend them at all costs,” he told the officials at the meeting.

Aregbesola added, “You are empowered by the highest authority in the land to use every means necessary to defend the custodial centres against internal and external aggression.”

He noted the attack on the custodial centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital, saying that was the worst of its kind.

The minister also recalled the coordinated attacks on custodial centres in Edo State and an unsuccessful attempt was made in Lagos in 2020.

He warned that a pattern of attack on custodial centres was emerging, saying it was being used to stage attacks on correctional facilities amid the present security challenges.

According to Aregbesola, the custodial facilities are sacred and inviolable institutions, as well as a symbol of the authority of the Nigerian State.

“You will notice that they are usually built around military fortresses, to show how important they are. This is to deter would-be attackers from inside or outside. The weapons you carry and the instrument you have are to be lawfully deployed for maximum effect, in protecting the facilities.

“Anyone or group of persons that decide(s) to attack them should not live to regret it. You must not fail because failure means you have contributed to the insecurity in the land by allowing criminals to invade the society,” he said.

Read the full text of the minister’s address at the meeting below:

SPEECH BY THE MINISTER OF INTERIOR, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, WHILE ADDRESSING SQUADRON COMMANDERS OF THE NIGERIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE (NCOS), HELD AT THE NIGERIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE HEADQUARTERS, AIRPORT ROAD, ABUJA, ON FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021

Protocols,

INVIOLABLE CUSTODIAL CENTRES

It gives me great pleasure to be at this event and address squadron commanders of the Nigeria Correctional Service. This meeting is very important considering the security challenges we face in the country at the moment.

It is not in dispute that attempts are always made to compromise the integrity of the custodial centres – from within or without or simultaneously. This ranges from mild to very serious, with varying degrees of success.

Earlier this month, there was an attack, the worst of its kind, on the Owerri custodial centre. During the #ENDSARS riots of late last year, there were coordinated attacks on custodial centres in Edo State, while an unsuccessful attempt was made in Lagos.

It should be clear that a pattern of attack on custodial centres is emerging, in which the current security challenges are being used to stage attacks on our facilities.

Let me commend you for your professionalism, diligence, and sacrifice in the performance of your duty which have upheld the integrity of our custodial centres. Your job is like that of a goalkeeper.

The saves he made are hardly reckoned with, but the shots that sailed past him into the net are the issues counted against him. I am aware of the yeoman’s job you are doing in foiling attacks on our institutions, even as the outcry grows on the recent cases of jailbreaks.

We must note that the prison in ancient times was not to incarcerate an accused person for a long term. It was for the holding period before an accused would face trial and sentencing. The punishment of which could be in form of fines, lashing, banishment, being sold into slavery, execution and so on.

The resources and the presence of mind were not just there, and the mode of social organisation did not conceive of it. It was not until the 18th Century that prison terms are imposed on convicts as a form of punishment, following the ascendancy of human rights advocacy.

The first western-styled prison in Nigeria was the Broad Street Prison established in 1872 but penology historians would tell us that the appointment of Colonel V. L. Mabb as Director of Prisons in 1934 by the then Governor, Sir Donald Cameron, marked the introduction of the modern prison system in the country.

The Native Authority prisons were abolished in 1968 followed by the unification of all prisons under the Nigerian Prison Service which has now become the Nigeria Correctional Service. Custodial centres are integral to human civilisation. They are the heart and soul of the justice system.

In the developmental process, not everyone will be well adjusted to society. Some are brought up in bad environments. There are those who will be morally challenged i.e., not knowing the difference between right and wrong. There are others who made mistakes.

The common factor between them all is that they constitute a danger to society and human civilisation. Take for instance serial murderers or armed robbers. Their presence in human society, mingling unfettered with others, constitutes grave risks to lives and property.

They will bring chaos and disorder, recreating Thomas Hobbes’ mythical state of nature where the ‘life of man is solitary, nasty, brutish and short’. No normal person will want to be part of that madness.

This is why civilised human society devised a holding system where offenders can be legally and securely confined, separated from the rest of society. The primary reason for holding criminals, therefore, is to put them in a condition where they would not be able to menace society and therefore keep society safe from them.

Order and balance will be restored when criminals are put in lawful custody, whenever a crime is committed. The second, and not less important, stems from the notion that humans are capable of being good and therefore, subject to reformation in the right environment, they can be reset to factory setting through conscious reformation.

This, of course, is why our agency is now formally called a correctional institution. Nevertheless, these two ideas undergird the correctional institution. Depending on the severity of offence, jail terms vary.

A lot, if not most, are on a short term; others are on a long term, while some are going to spend the rest of their lives in a facility. Some others are waiting to be executed. It is absolutely necessary for all of them to complete their term or be kept in custody as stipulated.

This is the foundation on which societal justice is built. Grave and incalculable harm will be done to society if this foundation slips. The entire edifice will come crashing down, with dire consequences for all.

We are already seeing some of these. Some of the escaped inmates from Edo have been arrested for committing murder and other crimes. One, in particular, went after those who provided the witness for his conviction.

The custodial facilities are a symbol of the authority of the Nigerian State. They are sacred and inviolable institutions. You will notice that they are usually built around military fortresses, to show how important they are. This is to deter would-be attackers from inside or outside.

More importantly, you are armed and positioned to directly guard them and defend their integrity. Your mission is to defend the facilities at all costs. Let me repeat again, defend them at all cost.

You are empowered by the highest authority in the land to use every means necessary to defend the custodial centres against internal and external aggression. The weapons you carry and the instrument you have are to be lawfully deployed for maximum effect, in protecting the facilities.

Anyone or group of persons that decide(s) to attack them should not live to regret it. You must not fail because failure means you have contributed to the insecurity in the land by allowing criminals to invade society.

This begins with vigilance. You must be on the watch for any instrument or material that could aid criminals in perpetuating jailbreaks. Again, earlier this month, vigilant officers stopped one of their colleagues from smuggling a mobile phone to an inmate in Bauchi.

It will be difficult, if not impossible, for inmates to break from inside without receiving assistance from officers, no matter how little. It is my firm belief that you will return to your posts recharged, renewed, reinvigorated and reequipped with a new sense of purpose.

A philosopher once said that you may not be able to change the world, but all that is required of you is to do your part and do it well. That is what it takes to change the world.

I wish you a safe journey to your various posts.

I thank you all for your kind attention.

Five Inmates, Two Officials Injured As Riot Breaks Out In Bauchi Prison

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Bauchi state is bordered by seven states, Kano and Jigawa to the north, Taraba and Plateau to the south, Gombe and Yobe to the east and Kaduna to the west.

 

Five prison inmates and two officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Bauchi State have been injured following a riot that erupted in the facility.

The spokesman of the NCS in the state, Abubakar Adam, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday via an interview.

He said the State Police Command however sent a reinforcement to prevent a jailbreak in Bauchi metropolis, the state capital.

The spokesman debunked rumours that sporadic gunshots were heard, noting that the inmates instigated the violence as a means to escape following Monday’s jailbreak in Imo State.

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“There was a riot, not sporadic gunshot traced by inmates. It was the inmates that instigated the riots, maybe wanting to break the prison and get out,” he said.

“It was as a result of what happened in Imo State where some gunmen broke the prison and got away with some inmates from there. We have some conspires from the south and they are serving their sentences here.

“Hearing what happened down south, they wanted to experience the same thing here in Bauchi. We thank God the issue has been quenched.”

Imo Prison Attack: Gov Uzodinma Meets With Heads Of Security Agencies

 

An emergency security council meeting between Governor Hope Uzodimma and heads of security agencies in Imo State is about to commence.

This meeting is not unconnected to the attack on the Nigeria Correctional Service Imo state command and the Imo state police command which led to the release of an unconfirmed number of inmates.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Attack Imo Prison, Free Inmates And Burn Facility

The attack also saw to the setting ablaze of not less than 50 operational vehicles belonging to the Police and Nigeria Correctional Centre.

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Imo state, James Madugba says the authorities are still trying to get the accurate data of inmates who escaped and the level of devastation.

At Least One Dead As Gunmen Attack Imo Prison, Police Headquarters

 

Gunmen on Monday attacked the Nigerian Correctional Services and the Police Headquarters in Imo State, freeing an unspecified number of prison inmates.

Channels Television gathered that the attack occurred in the early hours of today, after which the hoodlums set the facilities ablaze.

During the attack, one person suspected to be a fleeing inmate was hit by a bullet while carrying his travel bag.

His lifeless body was visibly seen on the ground in front of the correctional centre.

The gunmen also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters situated in Owerri and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.

They were said to have operated from 1:00 am till 3:00 am during which they sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities.

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When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attacks.

Gunmen on April 5, 2021 attacked the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in Imo State.

 

Also, the Imo State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service confirmed the attack on its facility.

The Public Relations Officer of the Service, James Madugba, told journalists that the authorities were still trying to get the accurate data of inmates who escaped and the level of devastation caused.

He explained that details will be shared as soon as accurate information and data is collected.

“There was an attack on the Nigerian Correctional Centre very early this morning around 2:15 am and some of these vehicles were burnt.

“Fire service came to assist the much they can to stop the fire from causing more damages. We are yet to confirm exactly what happened,” Madugba said.

Gunmen on April 5, 2021 attacked the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in Imo State.

 

According to him, no figure has been given on the number of casualties because there was a gun battle between the police and the gunmen.

Gunmen on April 5, 2021 attacked the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in Imo State.

 

No fewer than 50 cars were set ablaze in the process.

This is the third attack in less than a month on police facilities in Imo State.

Some gunmen had on March 20 stormed the Isiala Mbano Divisional Police Headquarters in Umuelemai.

During the attack, the hoodlum injured a police officer and set ablaze files. They were said to have cordoned off the road before the attack.

On February 25, some gunmen razed the Aboh Mbaise Divisional Police Station in the state.

Some police officers have been killed and police facilities destroyed by gunmen who cart away rifles in similar attacks around the South-east and South-south regions, giving the impression that the attacks may have been coordinated.