The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) have released a report on the attack that took place in the early hours of Monday Morning, 5th April, 2021 on Owerri Custodial Centre.
Unknown gunmen attacked the custodial center and forcefully released a total of 1,844 inmates in custody.
According to the statement, as at the last count, 6 inmates had so far voluntarily returned to the facility while 35 inmates refused to escape from custody during the attack.
Disclosing how the attacked occured, the statement revealed that:
“The attackers stormed into the facility at about 0215hrs on Monday 5th April, 2021, gained entrance into the yard by using explosives to blast the administrative block.
“They were said to have arrived the centre in their large number in several Hilux pick-up vans and Sienna Buses armed with sophisticated weapons and immediately engaged the security personnel on duty in a fierce gun battle. They eventually detonated the explosive to gain entrance.”
However, the Acting Controller-General of Corrections, John Mrabure has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident and in collaboration with other security organizations, commenced a search and recover operations to recapture the fleeing inmates.
He also appealed to the citizens of Imo State and indeed Nigerians, to volunteer useful intelligence that will facilitate the recovery effort.
The Ag. Controller-General also assured citizens of Imo State that the security of custodial centres in the country remains sacrosanct.
He equally directed all officers attached to custodial facilities to remain vigilant at this trying moment in our history.