Nearly 2,000 Prisoners Escape Jail in South-East Nigeria

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is calling for the rearrest of almost 2,000 prisoners who have escaped after a jailbreak
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is calling for the rearrest of almost 2,000 prisoners who have escaped after a jailbreak in south-east Nigeria that blamed on armed separatists, in the latest in a string of armed attacks on law enforcement authorities.

A prison facility and police command centre in the city of Owerri, Imo state, was targeted early on Monday by gunmen who destroyed part of the prison walls with explosives, freeing 1,844 inmates. One police officer was shot and injured in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said the gunmen were from the Eastern Security Network – a military wing of the dominant pro-Biafra secessionist group in southeast Nigeria, the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob).

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