Security personnel at the Okigwe Correctional Farm Settlement in Imo State were thrown off balance by an unexpected attack on the settlement.

On Monday, gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)carried out an attack on the facility.


The attack resulted in the death of a police officer and the escape of seven inmates.

Prior to the attack, the assailants reportedly kidnapped the correctional service officer responsible for the settlement.

In response, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Danjuma Aboki, visited the scene.


He promptly ordered the deployment of the Command’s Special Tactical Squad to track down the suspected IPOB/ESN operatives.

Increased Efforts

A statement issued by the Command’s spokesperson, Henry Okoye, attributed the attacks on the Correctional Service Farm Settlements, Umualomoke, and the residence of Dist. Senator Patrick Ndubeze in Okigwe to IPOB/ESN.

These incidents occurred in the early hours of February 12, 2024.

According to him, it resulted in the release of seven inmates.


Also, the farm settlement officer was abducted. Unfortunately, a police inspector was killed in the attack.

The CP has instructed the special tactical squad operatives to increase their efforts.


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“They must ensure the safe rescue of the officer responsible for the farm settlement and the apprehension of the escaped inmates.

“These inmates will be held accountable for their actions in accordance with the law,” he said.


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