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Over 2500 inmates flee from Imo Prison as Unknown Gunmen cart-away Guns (Video)
A yet-to-be-identified group of gunmen reportedly has overrun Imo State Correctional Centre living buildings, vehicles and other valuables in flames.
The ugly but regrettable incident happened early hours of Monday after Christians across the globe marked the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
SCANNEWS24 gathered the gunmen fled with guns, set prison gates open before fleeing the scene.
The number of casualties is yet to be ascertained as the state police are yet to brief journalists
An unconfirmed source said security agents engaged the criminals in a dual gun battle for over two hours.
Recall, over the weekend, Amnesty International stated that Owerri Correctional Centre has an excess capacity of inmates of 2,156 installed capacity of 548 people.
A Twitter client, @tundeeddnut who reported earlier noted that over three thousand inmates fled from the correctional centre on Monday morning.
In his words: “More than 3,000 inmates escaped during the reported prison break in Owerri, Imo state as the state’s CID is set ablaze.
However, Imo Police has confirmed death of over three Suya sellers in the space of a week by unknown killers.
This indicates escalating security challenges within the region, majorly targeted at safety personnel.