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JUST IN: Prisoners freed as hoodlums attack correctional centre in Imo (VIDEO)

Unidentified hoodlums have set the Imo State correctional centre on fire, freeing hundreds of inmates.

It was gathered that the hoodlums took advantage of the Easter festive atmosphere to invade the centre at the wee hours of Monday.

This development came after the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed said that he had deployed over 4760 personnel to ensure maximum security during and after the Easter celebration.

It was learnt that there was sporadic shooting on Monday morning which lasted for three hours before the centre was bombed.

Owerri residents and commuters who ply the Okigwe road are apprehensive as the situation is degenerating.

The level of destruction and casualty figures were not immediately available, but pictures shared on Twitter showed heavy smokes billowing from what posters said were the scenes of the attack that lasted for more than two hours.

Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations officer, Orlando Ikeokwu proved abortive as his phone was unavailable at press time.

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