Gunmen used grenades and other explosives to blast the facilities before breaking into the Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo State, on Friday night and freeing all detainees.
Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, revealed this in a statement published in Abuja on Saturday.
He said that the highly armed bandits, who overwhelmed security officials on duty following a 20-minute gun battle, targeted the facility’s awaiting trial area and freed several of the awaiting trial detainees.
“At around 10 p.m. yesterday, October 22, 2021, a huge group of highly armed gunmen stormed the Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo, Oyo State.”
“Armed squad unit members of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies on watch at the institution battled the assailants in a gun fight for 20 minutes before being overwhelmed.”
“The assailants then used grenades and other explosives to gain entrance to the facility’s awaiting trial area, releasing several of the awaiting trial detainees.”
“Other areas of the facility were undamaged,” he said.
He said that Aregbesola has been informed about the incident and that the minister is keeping an eye on the issue.
According to the statement, Aregbesola told the people that the situation was under control and that they may go about their daily lives.
He also instructed members of the public to report any unusual activity or indication of the escaped convicts or gunmen in and around the area to the closest security station.
“Security authorities are on the trail of the escaped convicts, and an emergency combined security services search has been begun to apprehend the offenders.”
“As a result, some of the convicts were apprehended, while others returned willingly.”
“Those on the run, however, are recommended to turn themselves in, since evading legal custody is a severe offense.” When they are apprehended, the entire force of the law will be brought against them,” the statement said.