Nigerian Prison Office Spokesperson Francis Enobore announced that gunmen, who have not yet been identified, carried out an explosive attack on the prison in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.
Noting that 1844 prisoners escaped in the attack, Enobore said that 6 fugitives voluntarily returned and 35 prisoners refused to escape.
It was also shared that 50 vehicles were set on fire in the attack.
Separatist people of Biafra organize attacks
Such attacks are occasionally carried out by the separatist Biafra Indigenous Peoples (IPOB) in southern Nigeria.
In the operations carried out in the South region on 29 March, 16 IPOB members were caught with guns and bombs.
Millions died in the civil war that broke out in 1967, when the people of Biafra revolted in the south of Nigeria to demand the establishment of the independent state of Biafra.
The Republic of Biafra, which was established in the southeast of the country in 1967, was again under Nigeria’s sovereignty at the end of the civil war.
The IPOB, declared as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian state, wants to establish an independent state.