A jailbreak at the Medium Security Custody Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State on Sunday led to the escape of 240 inmates, including suspected terrorists, bandits, armed robbers and other criminals.
According to reports, two soldiers were killed and some prison officials injured.
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) confirmed the siege on the facility, but did not provide any information about the attackers or freed prisoners.
Mr. Francis Enobore, its spokesman, confirmed the attack on Monday, saying it happened about midnight on Sunday.
240 inmates were reportedly forced from a medium security custodial centre in Kabba, Kogi State, by unidentified gunmen, who attacked and attacked it.
Many attackers armed with sophisticated rifles laid siege to the facility and engaged the guards in a fierce gun battle.
According to him, Haliru Nababa, the Comptroller-General, had ordered a recapture procedure to be activated immediately and detailed investigations to be conducted.
The prison had 294 inmates in custody, of which 224 were pre-trial detainees and 70 were convicted inmates.ates.
Three sides of the prison’s perimeter fence were reportedly destroyed by explosives, and then the gunmen overran the security operatives.
According to the custodial facility’s leaders, the attack was carried out by unknown gunmen, but some sources said the attackers were there to free certain prisoners.
A source told us that the custodial centre was home to Boko Haram, ISWAP, Ansaru, Darul-Salam, bandits, armed robbers, and other criminals.
While many terrorist cells were destroyed, security operatives in Kogi State have at different times checkedmate Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terrorist groups.
The Kabba MSCC was established in 2008 and has a capacity of 200.
It is not the first jailbreak in Kogi State.
In 2012, 2014, and 2016, the Koton Karfe prisons were attacked and inmates were freed. In 2019, flooding compromised the facility, resulting in some inmates escaping.
Although some of the prisons returned of their own volition, others have yet to be located.
Prison break in Kogi State has been confirmed by the Nigeria Police.
According to Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 8, Ayuba Edeh, the State Commissioner of Police and other heads of security agencies swung into action when the jailbreak was confirmed on Monday.
The Kogi State government also confirmed the attack on the correctional centre in the state.
Kingsley Fanwo, Commissioner for Information in the state, reported that security agents re-arrested some inmates.
In addition, he said that some of the inmates who fled the facility returned voluntarily.
Fanwo urged people of the state to volunteer information that would lead to the re-arrest of those responsible for the incident.