Nigerian Group Storms Prison, Police HQ in Imo State

A total of 1,844 prisoners was freed when gunmen attacked a correctional facility in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in Nigeria. Local newspaper Premium Times said the attack on the prison was suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB). The Nigerian police force confirmed that its headquarters in Owerri were attacked by armed men. The attack on the police headquarters was carried out by the same armed group who attacked the prison, Premium Times reports.

Theve has been a number of prison breaks in Nigeria recently, most notably in Edo State where nearly 2,000 inmates escaped from a prison facility in Benin City in the thick of the #EndSARS protests in October 2020.

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