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Unidentified gunmen attacked a police facility in an overnight raid in Owerri, capital of the southeast Nigeria’s Imo State, officials said Monday.

The criminal investigation department of the police headquarters in the state was attacked by the gunmen and freed unspecified number of suspects in custody at the facility, said Orlando Ikeokwu, a police spokesperson, while addressing reporters in Owerri Monday.

He assured people of the state that the security agencies were on top of the matter.

James Madugba, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Imo, also confirmed the attack to reporters Monday, saying the event occurred at about 2 a.m. Monday, and many inmates escaped with some operational vehicles razed.

Madugba said that the service had yet to confirm the numbers of escaped inmates and damaged vehicles.

“We have yet to confirm definite figures but we’ll make them public as soon as possible,” he said, calling on residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses because the situation “is under control.”

Witnesses told Xinhua that security agents had cordoned off the major streets in the state capital. Enditem

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