The government of Kogi State, North-central Nigeria says some of the inmates who escaped from a correctional facility in the state following an attack by an armed gang have been arrested.
Kingsley Fanwo, the Commissioner for Information in the state said Monday, Sept. 13 that many of the inmates were arrested while some returned on their own, according to The Cable report.
“We can confirm that some gunmen attacked the Kabba Custodial Centre but investigations are still on to clearly ascertain the number of inmates that escaped from the centre. We also lost two security operatives. That is the number we have at the moment,” Fanwo said in a statement.
Fanwo asked residents to go about their normal business while assuring the public that the state security mechanisms are capable of the situations at hand.
“Security agencies have zeroed in to ensure those who escaped are rearrested as well as trail the masterminds of the attack. We have confidence in our security agencies to unmask the masterminds responsible for the attack and get them apprehended.”
“Security agencies, traditional rulers and local hunters are working in synergy to ensure normalcy.”
Francis Enobore, spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service had earlier on Monday, Sept. 13, said an armed gang attacked the Kabba Correctional Facility Sunday night and set inmates free. Enobore said the attackers engaged the guards there before setting the inmates free.
Kogi State has a history of prison attacks and setting of inmates free amidst the prevailing security challenge facing the country. In Nov. 2014, 144 inmates were freed during a prison attack by an armed gang. In 2016, 13 inmates were freed during a prison break at the Koton Karfe Medium Security Prison in the state.
Similarly, in 2019, at least 228 inmates escaped from Koton Karfe Custodial Centre in Kogi State after the building collapsed due to flooding.
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