NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has confirmed bandits attacked the Jos Correctional Centre, revealing how the raid occurred on Sunday.
Francis Enobore, the spokesman for the prison authorities explained that the bandits invaded the prison yard at about 5:20 p.m.
“The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons,” the statement disclosed. “The invaders were said to have arrived at the centre at about 5:20 p.m. and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.”
Although the bandits gained entry “into the yard, they were, however, trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards” in cordoning the perimeter wall and the “entire area.”
The statement further said, “Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the centre. The situation is presently under control as the attackers’ firing power was subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies.”
The prison authorities, however, did not state if the bandits were caught and any casualties recorded in the attack.