- Suspected gunmen ambushed prison officials on Thursday, July 23, and freed six suspects
- The prison officials were attacked on their way to the court where the suspects were to appear
- The convoy was said to be conveying 14 suspects charged with crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping
A report by The Nation indicates that some officials of the Nigerian correctional service in Plateau state came under attack around a court in Barkin Ladin local government area of the state on Thursday, July 23.
Legit.ng gathered that the officials were taking the suspects to the state high court in Barkin Ladi when they were attacked, freeing six criminal suspects.
The newspaper said that the convoy was said to be conveying 14 suspects charged with crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping and rape.
An eyewitness told the newspaper that when the convoy arrived the court premises, the gunmen, who had laid ambush by the entrance, opened fire and freed the suspects unchallenged.
The Plateau state commandant of the Nigerian correctional service, S.A. Musa, wad said to have told the commissioner of police, Edward Egbuka, the court did not notify him of a change in hearing date.
The report, however, noted that police have arrested four suspects and recovered two motorcycles believed to belong to the gunmen.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, July 20, declared that terrorism and banditry would end in Nigeria when the citizens of the country decide.
It was reported that Buratai made this known when he visited the Presidential Villa to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress of the war against insecurity in the country.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting with the president, he said in order to put the menace behind, all Nigerians must join hands in the fight, adding that the criminals involved are mostly citizens of the country.
He said even though terrorism is relatively new in the country, insecurity has been around for a long time, noting that what is important is how each case is dealt with at a particular rime.
Buratai said even though there may be setbacks in the effort to tackle the problem, it does not mean that those handling it do not have the requisite competence.
In another report, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted a policewoman and her daughter. Four other persons were also kidnapped at Bagado Village near Patrick Yakowa way in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
Eyewitnesses said the incident happened in the late hours of Saturday, July 18. The bandits reportedly stormed the community and broke into people’s houses shooting sporadically into the air.
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