There was palpable tension as some yet-to-be identified hoodlums stormed a correctional centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
In the raid that lasted few hours the assailants set free no fewer than 2,000 inmates at the facility located very close to the Government House in a move many see as very daring and audacious.
Not done, the hoodlums went berserk as they also sacked the Imo State Police command headquarters where they also set free another 600 suspects in custody.
In the raid that lasted about 45 minutes, the bandits set the police headquarters ablaze with dozens of vehicles burnt in the process.
Eye witness account stated that the attack started around 1.30 am and ended around 3.30am without any resistance from security personnel stationed at the two attacked facilities.
Those who spoke to DAILY RIPPLES on phone from Owerri also stated that the bandits made a show of force in front of the Government House for some times before setting out to attack the police command headquarters.
They were said to have shot heavily as they approached the Command headquarters and launched attack on the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) as well as the former SARS.
Officers on duty reportedly ran away as the hoodlums released every suspect in detention.
The only unit the hoodlums spared was the anti-kidnapping unit located some meters away inside the police barracks at Shell Camp.
Spokesmen of the Imo Police command, Orlando Ikeokwu and Owerri Correctional Centre, Mr. Madunagu, refused to answer calls.