A manhunt has been launched by the Abia state police command after nine out of the 29 criminal suspects escaped from a police cell in Umuahia on Saturday, July 18.

Recall that the suspects reportedly escaped from the Umuahia Central Police Station’s cell after they overpowered a guard they begged for water to flush the toilet.

According to report, 20 of the suspects were rearrested that night and in the early hours of Sunday July 19.

Abia police spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbonna said;

“Unknown to the guard, the detainees had conspired to attack him in order to escape from detention. This happened around 9.00 p.m. on Saturday. 

“I appeal to members of the public to be vigilant and report any strange face or faces in dirty attires in their neighborhood to the police.

“The suspects had dirty attires they wore in the cell and may be looking for where to steal people’s clothes in order to look decent to be able to escape from the town.”