Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has condemned the attack unleashed by suspected gunmen on prison and police station in the state’s capital, Owerri, on Monday.
The governor also constituted a panel of inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident.
A group of suspected gunmen on Monday which was a public holiday invaded both Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Service Centre in Owerri.
According to report issued by the correctional service, no fewer than 1884 inmates escaped as result of the attack.
It was also reported that no fewer than 38 vehicles were burnt during the attack beyond repairs.
Governor Uzodinma described the attack as barbaric and promised the state will ensure those who perpetuated the act will be brought to book.
“It has been an eventful day today being Easter Monday in Imo as yet to be ascertained gunmen attacked the correctional service centre, setting some facilities ablaze and releasing some inmates.
“The gunmen were at the police headquarters where they destroyed 38 vehicles and also set the facilities ablaze.
“Efforts by the gunmen to penetrate into the Imo State Government House were not successful as they ended up shooting sporadically at the entrance gate,” he said.
According to report this recent event makes it the sixth reported police station and prison facility attack carried across various part of the state, this which makes it obvious there is need for proper probing into the cause of the repeated attack on police and prison facilities in the state.