Nigeria: more than 1,800 prisoners escape after prison attack

Owerri prison in south-eastern Nigeria was attacked on Monday by “unidentified gunmen”, the country’s prison services said.

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More than 1,800 detainees escaped Monday (April 5th) from a prison in Imo State, in south-eastern Nigeria, after an attack by “unidentified armed men”, said the Nigerian prison service. “Owerri prison (…) was attacked around 2.15 am Monday”Nigerian Prison Service spokesperson Francis Enobore said in a statement.

“Witnesses said they saw a large number of armed men on board pick-ups (…), they immediately attacked the prison staff before blowing up the main door”, specify the prison services. The attack was confirmed by the Imo State Prison Communications Officer, who claimed that the “situation is under control”, inviting residents to “to continue going about their business”.

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, calling its perpetrators “terrorists” and “anarchists”. The neighboring state of Abia has implemented a 10 p.m. curfew at 6 hours morning following this attack, the largest against a prison in recent history of the country.

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