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Sit At Home: Gunmen Chase  Away WASSCE Candidates In Imo, As  240 Prisoners  Escape Kogi Prisons

 

Unknown gunmen on Monday attacked the Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State following the declaration of sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The armed men reportedly invaded the school premises when some students were participating in the ongoing 2021 West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) and stopped the exercise.

Details of the incident are still sketchy as of press time but it was learnt that the hoodlums destroyed some properties during the attack

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abattam, could not take his calls and be unable to respond to text messages forwarded to him.

Recall that IPOB had ordered that the region must observe sit-at-home every Monday in solidarity for its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services.

Meanwhile,  Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has confirmed an attack on one of its facilities in Kabba, Kogi State, by heavily armed gunmen.

The gunmen stormed the jail on Sunday night and freed 240 inmates, a prison authority spokesman, Francis Enobore, said on Monday, September 13.

“The medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, Kogi State, has been attacked by yet to be identified gunmen and 240 inmates forcefully released,” Enobore said in a statement.

At about 10:45am on Sunday, he said, numerous attackers “engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.”

But the gunmen invaded the prison, which had 294 prisoners in custody at the time, including 224 pre-trial detainees.

Investigations were under way Monday to find the escapees, he added.

It was unclear who the gunmen were but central and northwest Nigeria have been terrorised by criminal gangs for years.

In a brazen attack on April 5, gunmen raided Owerri police headquarters, freeing more than 1,800 inmates.

Nigeria’s security forces are often described as overstretched and overwhelmed, facing a 12-year-old jihadist insurgency in the northeast and separatist agitation in the southeast.

*Global Village Extra

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