Unknown gunmen set the correctional facility in Owerri, Imo State, on fire, freeing prisoners.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Monday, April 5.
The attack on the prison went on for over an hour, with gunshots fired indiscriminately.
An unconfirmed number of prisoners allegedly escaped during the fire.
Security personnel are also reported to have been injured during the attack.
Amnesty International said over the weekend that Owerri Correctional Centre had 2,156 inmates against its installed capacity of 548 people.
Pictures shared on the micro-blogging site Twitter showed heavy smokes and fire.
Something involving significant firearms is happening in Owerri, Imo State right now…. It’s somewhere between govt House, Rockview & Prisons….??? pic.twitter.com/9FS2PCA1oy
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) April 5, 2021
More than 3,000 inmates escapes during the reported prison break in Owerri, Imo state as the state’s CID is set ablaze.
— Tunde Ednut (@TundeEddnut) April 5, 2021