Armed men set Owerri Prison ablaze, many inmates escape

Armed men in the early hours of Monday set the correctional facility in Owerri, the  Imo State capital, on fire.

The armed men struck the prison and freed an unconfirmed number of inmates and suspects. Heavy gunfire also rang through the area.

Amnesty International said over the weekend that Owerri Correctional Centre had 2,156 inmates against its installed capacity of 548 people.

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