NIGERIA: No fewer than 240 Inmates have escaped the Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State in North-Central state in Nigeria.
The inmates escaped during an attack by unknown gunmen.
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Spokesperson, Mr Francis Enobore confirmed the incident in a communique on Monday, stating that the attack took place at about midnight on Sunday.
How the Attack Occured
Enobore disclosed that the gunmen whose number could not be ascertained yet arrived at the centre with heavy arms and ammunition and engaged the guards in serious gun dwell.
The Spokesperson however said that the Comptroller–General, Haliru Nababa has ordered a recapture procedure to be activated immediately and detailed investigation carried out even as he leads a team to assess the situation.
The Comptroller-General also appealed to the general public to furnish security operatives with useful intelligence that will assist in recapturing the escapees
The latest jailbreak comes a few months after gunmen attacked the Nigerian Correctional Service and the police headquarters in Imo State, freeing 1,844 inmates, after which the hoodlums set the facilities ablaze.
The gunmen also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command’s headquarters. No fewer than 50 cars were set ablaze in the process.
Also, a similar attack was experienced at the correctional centre in Ubiaja, Edo State; which was foiled by officers at the facility.
The inmates, after breaking out from their cells, engaged the correctional officers in a fight, leaving some of the security personnel injured.
It took a combined effort by officers from the Nigerian Army, 4th brigade, and the Edo Command of the Nigeria Police Force, to eventually overpower the inmates and return them to their cells.