Public Management

Nigeria: Gunmen attack a prison, free over 1,800 inmates in Imo state

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 05:12
Nigeria: Gunmen attack a prison, free over 1,800 inmates in Imo state

(Ecofin Agency) - More than 1,800 inmates escaped from the Owerri prison in southwest Nigeria during the night of 4 to 5 April 2021, after a group of armed men attacked the premises. The information was reported by the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Authorities said the attacks began around 2 a.m. and lasted for about two hours. Other police and military buildings were also assaulted.

The attack took place in Imo State, which is known for having been part of the former secessionist Republic of Biafra, a state that the IPOB (The Indigenous People of Biafra) independence movement is trying to recreate. The IPOB has denied being behind the attack through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful.

In October 2020, during the END SARS protests that turned into riots, more than 200 inmates escaped from a prison in Benin City, according to reports in several media. In December, 38 prisoners escaped from another detention center in Enugu State.

While insecurity is one of the main problems undermining the stability of Africa's most populous country, this new episode should once again fuel criticism of the government of Muhammadu Buhari, whose record on security is rather disappointing.

According to the authorities in Imo State, the situation is under control and residents can “go about their businesses." In neighboring Abia State, a curfew was set from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. following the attack.

Moutiou Adjibi Nourou

Additional Info

  • communiques: Non
  • couleur: N/A
 
Finance


 
Telecom


Ecofin Agency covers the news from 9 business sectors in Africa: Public management, Finance, ICT, Agribusiness, Electricity, Mining, Oil and Gas, Comms and Laws. Ecofin Agency is also creating and management specialized medias, in paper and on the web/social networks, for institutions or African publishers.

AGENCE ECOFIN

Mediamania Sarl
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11

REDACTION
redaction@agenceecofin.com

Public management
Aaron AKINOCHO
Borgia KOBRI
Moutiou ADJIBI

Finance
Idriss LINGE
Walid KEFI
Chamberline MOKO

Agribusiness
Espoir OLODO

Electricity
Gwladys JOHNSON

Oil and Gas
Olivier DE SOUZA

Mining
Louis-Nino KANSOUN

ITC 
Muriel EDJO

Comms
Servan AHOUGNON

Cameroon
Brice R. MBODIAM
Sylvain ANDZONGO
Monique MAY
Julienne Rose SENDE

Togo
Fiacre E. KAKPO
Waliyullah TAJUDEEN
Séna AKODA

Niger
Sandrine GAINGNE

Gabon
Stephane BILLE
Pierre-Celestin ATANGANA

Desk
Stéphane ALIDJINOU
Souha TOURE
Vahid CODJIA
Diane ZODEHOUGAN
Hikmatu BILALI

Translation
Schadrac AKINOCHO
Mouka MEZONLIN
Firmine AÏZAN



Digital
Omar SOKHNA
Mamadou DIOP
Bacary MANE
Abdel Razak MOULIOM

Digital Marketing
Jérémie FLAUX
Geraud ACHI
Jean Christian BERNARD
Franck FOUTE

Web publishing
Bakoly RAHARISOA
Rina RAMANANDRAISOA
Hasina RAJEMISON

Development
Dominique FLAUX

 


 
REGIE COMMERCIALE
AGENCE ECOFIN
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11
Fax: +41 22 301 96 10

Benjamin FLAUX
bf@agenceecofin.com 
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11 
Mob: +41 78 699 13 72

Voir page 
Nos services
 

 










 



Ecofin Agency is a news agency for economic and sectorial information. It was created in 2010 and it website was launched in June 2011.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.