No fewer than 240 inmates have escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, Kogi State, as gun men killed two soldiers at a checkpoint.
The Nigerian Correctional Service spokesman, Mr Francis Enobore disclosed that the attack took place at about midnight on Sunday when the attackers in their numbers arrived at the custodial centre heavily armed and immediately engaged the guards in a fierce gun battle.
Enobore said the Comptroller–General, Haliru Nababa has ordered a recapture procedure to be activated immediately and detailed investigation carried out even as he leads a team to assess the situation.
The Comptroller-General also appealed to the general public to furnish security operatives with useful intelligence that will assist in recapturing the escapees.
Reports said two officers were reportedly killed and another seriously injured when gunmen stormed the Kabba Correctional Centre in the early hours of Monday.
Over 100 prisoners were said to have been freed during the attack on the facility.
The soldiers were said to have mounted routine checkpoint about 50 metres before the correctional centre along the Lokoja-Okebukun-Kabba highway when the hoodlums rained bullets on them before they marched on the correctional centre.
Unconfirmed account reported gunmen sprayed bullets on an uncompleted building where the soldiers stayed before breaking into the correctional centre where they set over 100 of the inmates free.
Some of the correctional officers on duty were said to have been injured, while another soldier was said to have been hit in the leg.
A source confirmed that some of the prisoners were later rearrested about 8am on Monday beside Kudon Hotel, Kabba, when they made efforts to board a vehicle to escape towards neighbouring Kwara State.
The latest jailbreak comes a few months after gunmen attacked the Nigerian Correctional Service and the police headquarters in Imo State, freeing 1,844 inmates, after which the hoodlums set the facilities ablaze.
The gunmen also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command’s headquarters. No fewer than 50 cars were set ablaze in the process.
A similar attack was carried out at the correctional centre in Ubiaja, Edo State; however, the jailbreak was foiled by officers at the facility.
The inmates, after breaking out from their cells, engaged the correctional officers in a fight, leaving some of the security personnel injured.
It took a combined effort by officers from the Nigerian Army, 4th brigade, and the Edo command of the Nigeria Police Force, to eventually overpower the inmates and return them to their cells.