Jos Prison Update: 1 personnel, 9 inmates killed, 252 escape

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Jos Prison Update: 1 personnel, 9 inmates killed, 252 escape

Story from Yakubu VENTIM, Jos

The Nigerian Correctional Service(NCoS) has said a total of 252 inmates escaped the Jos Custodial Centre when armed gunmen attacked the facility on Sunday, leaving 9 inmates dead.

One-armed personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service, an assistant superintendent, was also killed in the gun battle before the attackers broke into the yard.

Ten of the fleeing inmates have been recaptured.

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In a statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service, OF Enobore, MNIPR, mni, it was confirmed that one of the gunmen trapped within the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Jos after invading the facility has been identified as one of those killed in the gun duel.

The attackers, who stormed the Custodial Centre at about 5:20 pm on Sunday 28th November 2021, engaged the Nigerian Correctional Service(NCoS) armed squad personnel in a fierce gun battle before breaking into the yard.

Samuel Aguda, Controller, Jos Custodial Centre, explained that the veracity of an earlier report that armed gunmen trapped inside the facility could not be immediately confirmed by the Controller-in-Charge of the command.
Some properties including the record office and the ICT office were either destroyed or was burnt down completely by the inmates

The quick intervention of officers and men of other security agencies brought the situation under control.

This is the second time in as many months that the Jos custodial centre had come under similar attacks.

Jos Medium Security Custodial Centre as at the time of the attack had 1,060 inmates comprising 560 pre-trial detainees and 500 convicts.

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