No fewer than 240 inmates have escaped a custodial center in Kabba, Kogi State Nigeria, following an attack by yet to be identified gunmen.
Controller General of the Nigeria Corrections Service, Haliru Nababa has confirmed the attack on the Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State by yet to be identified gunmen.
The controller in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore also confirmed that 240 inmates were forcefully released.
According to the statement, the incident took place at about 11:45pm on 12th September, 2021. The attackers in their number were said to have arrived at the Custodial Centre heavily armed and immediately engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.
The statement also confirmed that a Soldier and a Mobile Police Personnel unfortunately lost their lives in the encounter.
The Controller-General of Corrections commiserated with families of the deceased officers even as he personally leads a team to assess the situation.
The CG appealled to the general public to provide useful intelligence that will assist in recapturing the escapees to security operatives.
MSCC Kabba was established in 2008 with a capacity of 200. At the time of the invasion, 294 inmates were said to be in custody out of which 224 were pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates.
The Kogi State Government has also confirmed the attack in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo.
The State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd) is currently at the Centre with the Kogi State Commissioner of Police and the Commander, Army Records, Lokoja.
He said Security Agencies have zeroed in to ensure those who escaped are rearrested as well as trail the masterminds of the attack.
The State Government according to him is confident in the ability of the security agencies to unmask the masterminds responsible for the attack and get them apprehended.
He said the security network put in place by the State has led to the rearrest of majority of the inmates that escaped as some have also come back to the centre on their own.
Security agencies, traditional rulers and local hunters according to the State Government are all working in synergy to ensure normalcy.
He urged residents to go about their activities without fear of intimidation while assuring all of the determination of the security agencies to continue to protect lives and property of all citizens.