On 4th April 2021, suspected gunmen attacked the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Owerri, Imo State. One person have been confirmed dead in the Owerri prison break.
According to reports, the incident happened around mid night on April 4th, 2021. Over 2000 inmates where reportedly freed from the Imo State prison.
About 30 vehicles and the imo state police headquarters were burnt down by the suspected gunmen.
Reactions to the Owerri Prison Break
There was series of media report accusing IPOB and ESN of being responsible for the Owerri Prison Break
Here are some reactions on twitter
IPOB denies involvement
Separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) denied being responsible for the the Owerri prison break.
According to a statement by the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful neither IPOB nor ESN is responsible for the attack.
His statement read
“The attention of IPOB has been drawn again to the fallacious and fabricated news that IPOB and ESN are involved in the attack of prison and police headquarters in Owerri Imo State.
“IPOB and ESN are known groups, not unknown gunmen. ESN is in the bush chasing Fulani terrorists, why linking IPOB and ESN to this attack. IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri Imo State. and the recent attack on Onitsha Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction. It is not our mandate to attack security personnel or prison facilities.
“The Nigeria Government and her compromised media outfits should stop linking IPOB and ESN to the multiple attacks going on in Nigeria now. IPOB was formed on the principle of peace and we are still in it. Unknown gunmen is different people which we don’t know them and they are not IPOB or ESN security outfit.”
Aftermath of Owerri Prison Break
The Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma called for an emergency security meeting over the Owerri prison break.
The Inspector General of Police Adamu Adamu set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the incident
Also heavy military presence were observed within the Imo State metropolis. Military helicopters have been spotted hovering around Owerri the capital city of Imo State.