- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has opened up on his reason why gunmen are attacking correctional facilities in the country
- Aregbesola described the recent attacks on the nation’s custodial centres as premeditated and to ridicule the government
- Recall that hundreds of inmates escaped from the Oyo correctional centre on Friday following gunmen's attack on the facility
Abolong, Oyo state - Nigeria's minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday, October 24, said that gunmen attack correctional facilities in the country in order to to ridicule the federal government.
Aregbesola during a visit to the facility said external attacks on custodial facilities were a rarity hitherto, adding that its premeditated, planned, coordinated and meant to make Nigeria unsafe.
He lamented that jailbreaks and attacks on prison facilitiesworsened after the #EndSARS protest nationwide.
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While noting that the government will not rest until every inmate that escaped is captured, whether dead or alive, Aregbesola said those behind the attacks will be made to face justice.
Gunmen Attack Correctional Facility in Oyo, Set Inmates Free
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.
FG Reacts to Gunmen Attack on Correctional Facility in Ibadan
The federal government has reacted to the armed attack on Abolongo custodial centre in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, with a stern warning on all prisoners who escaped during the incident to return immediately.
In a statement released by the minister of interior and sent to Legit.ng by his spokesman, Sola Fasure, the government assured members of the public to go about their normal businesses, adding that the situation is under control.