- There was a jailbreak at the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo town in Oyo state on Friday, October 22
- It was gathered that a lot of inmates were set free by the attackers who overpowered the prison officials and security operatives
- The attack on the facility was confirmed by Olanrewaju Anjorin, the public relations officer of the command on Saturday, October 23
Oyo town - Gunmen have attacked the correctional facility in Abolongo, Oyo, Oyo state.
The attack, which took place Friday night,October 22, saw some prisoners set free after the attackers were said to have overpowered the prison officials and security operatives attached to the facility.
Legit.ng’s regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the gunmen stormed the facility around 10pm, throwing grenades to scare away the officials and forcefully gain access.
The attack left the facility in disarray with warders scampering for safety. It was not clear as at the time of filing the report of the mission was to set free prisoners or otherwise.
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It was gathered that other security agencies have mobilised their personnel to support men and women of the Service in tracking down the gunmen and re-arrest freed prisoners.
The arrival of the security operatives saw some prisoners trying to escape re-arrested immediately.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Olanrewaju Anjorin confirmed the attack on Saturday, October 23.
Anjorin told The Nation on the phone that senior officers of the Command were on their way to assess the level of damage.
“Yes. It has been confirmed that the attack actually happened. And right now, the comptroller of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) and other top officers are assessing the situation. But, I can confirm to you that the incident actually happened”.
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