Overnight in Owerri, Imo State, the Nigerian Correctional Services ( prisons) and the nearby Nigerian Police State Command came under attacks by yet to be identified gunmen.
The attackers also burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.
The hoodlums further freed the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.
According to PUNCH the gunmen operated from 1am till 3am on Monday.
They sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities, a security source said.
On breaking into the prison facility with the aid of explosives and dynamite, the attackers told the inmates to go home.
When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attacks.
He, however, assured the people of the state that the security agencies were on top of the situation.