- Police officers from the bomb disposal unit have detonated an explosive found at the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Oyo state
- The police were said to have been called in by the centre's officials immediately after the explosive was discovered
- An official of Nigeria Correctional Centre said the explosive was found after some hoodlums launched an attack on the facility on Friday, October 22
On Tuesday, October 26, the Oyo state Police command said it detonated an explosive device found at the Medium Security Custodial Centre in the state.
Punch reports that officers at the centre found the explosive device on the facility on the night of Friday, October 22, during the deadly attack by hoodlums.
The leadership of the centre was said to have invited a bomb disposal unit immediately after the explosive was discovered.
Handling of the explosive by the Police
It was gathered that officers of the BDU came to carry out the detonation of the material.
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Speaking on the incident, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, in the state, Lanre Anjorin, said there was no casualty recorded at the facility.
Anjorin while confirming the incident said:
“It is true that a bomb was detonated at the custodial centre in Oyo today ( Tuesday). But the bomb disposal unit of the police was responsible for the detonation of the material."
“Our officers discovered that there was an explosive planted outside the facility and the police were invited. So, no cause for alarm.”
A recent attack on Nigeria Correctional Centre in Oyo
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some hoodlums attacked the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo state on Friday, October 22.
The hoodlums who attacked the facility overpowered prison officials and other security agencies in the centre.
They also succeeded in setting several of the inmates either serving terms or awaiting trial at the facility free.
According to an eyewitness account, the hoodlums attacked the centre at about 10 pm on Friday night, throwing grenades and other explosive materials to scare officials on duty at the facility.
Also reacting to the various attacks on correctional facilities across the country, the federal government has said that these incidents are organised.
The minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola described the attacks as premeditated and to ridicule the government.
He said the attacks on the correctional facilities across the country are planned, coordinated and meant to make Nigeria unsafe.
The minister also said that attacks on prison facilities and jailbreaks worsened across the country after the #ENDSARS protest which took place in October 2020.