Hundreds of prisoners escape from prison in the South-Eastern town of Owerri in Nigeria after armed militants loaded with guns and rocket-propelled grenades launch a string of synchronized attacks overnight on April 5. More than 1800 inmates have been reported missing since the attacks were launched.

Reports confirm that the militants used explosives to attack and blast the administrative ward of the prison located in Owerri and used that as their entrance route to the prison yard. Owerri is a city situated 400 kilometers south-east of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city.

The Nigerian Correctional Service confirmed that the tally of the inmates that escaped after the attack has reached 1844. The Nigerian police have condemned the attack and blamed it on the Indigenous People Biafra, a banned separatist group, although the group has denied any involvement.  

This attack is one of the several ones that have taken place in prisons and police stations across South-East Nigeria since January 2021. No group has claimed responsibility to date and yet the count of stolen ammunitions remains increasing.

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