Gunmen have reportedly attacked a correctional centre in Imo State freeing seven inmates.
The state’s Police Command confirmed the attack on the Correctional Service Farm Settlement located in Umualomoke community, within the Okigwe Local Government Area (LGA).
The incident did not only result in the release of seven inmates, but also the abduction of the officer in charge of the farm settlement, and the unfortunate death of a police inspector.
According to a statement by the police spokesman, Henry Okoye, the Commissioner of Police, Aboki Danjuma, has taken decisive action on the matter.
Okoye explained that Danjuma has deployed the Command’s Special Tactical Squad, which will work in synergy with the military and other sister security agencies to hunt down those responsible for the attack and bring them to justice.
Also, the gunmen behind the incident were not content with just the prison attack.
They also targeted the residence of the awmaker representing Imo North Senatorial District, Patrick Ndubeze, which is situated in the same area.
Okoye assured that the Police Commissioner has given a clear mandate to the tactical team: intensified efforts to ensure the safe rescue of the kidnapped officer.
Furthermore, they are tasked with apprehending the fleeing inmates, ensuring they face the full consequences of the law.
In a plea to the general public, Okoye urged anyone with useful information about the gunmen responsible for the attacks to report to the nearest police station.