Owerri, capital of Imo State, Nigeria was thrown into turmoil in the wee hours of Monday, April 5,2021 following coordinated attacks on the the State Police Command and the Owerri Correctional Centre (Prisons) by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
The invaders who were armed with AK 47 Assault rifles, dynamites and sundry weapons, torched some vehicles parked at the Command Headquarters which is adjacent to the Imo Government House and burst open the cells of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) where they freed scores of suspects.
Sources told Themeteornewshub that the onslaught which lasted for about three hours, was replicated at the Owerri Prisons located at the Government House roundabout end of the Okigwe Road where with forensic accuracy, the IPOB/ ESN invaders, blew up the facility and freed several inmates.
The number of casualties in the unfortunate incident were however,sketchy.
Meanwhile, there is palpable tension in Owerri and its environs as military presence has been heightened in the State.
A combined team of security personnel including the Army, have taken over strategic locations in the oriental city even as military helicopters continue to hover in the skies.
“There is tension in Owerri and its environs after the incident this morning. There is military presence within the precincts of the State Police Headquarters, Government House, World Bank axis, Port-Harcourt-Owerri Road amongst other strategic locations in the State capital. There is also a sustained helicopter patrols in the air, “a source said.
The image maker of the State Police Command, Ikeokwu Orlando,a Superintendent of Police ( SP), confirmed the incident just as he said the security agencies and State Government were on top of the situation.