No fewer than 2,000 inmates escaped on Monday morning in Owerri, the Imo State capital when suspected hoodlums attacked the Correctional Facility near the State Government House.
The hoodlums also attacked the Imo Police command headquarters where they freed another 600 suspects in custody.
They set the police headquarters ablaze with dozens of vehicles burnt in the process.
According to sources, the attack started around 1.30 am and ended around 3.30am without any resistance.
The Nation gathered the hoodlums converged in front of the Imo State Government House, circling the roundabout and chanting solidarity songs for about 30 minutes before setting out to attack the Police Command Headquarters.
They were said to have shot heavily as they approached the Command headquarters and launched attack on the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) as well as the former SARS.
Officers on duty reportedly ran away as the hoodlums released every suspect in detention.