Jos jailbreak: Attacker, official, nine inmates killed, 252 inmates on the run

THE authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service have confirmed that one of the gunmen trapped within the Medium Security Custodial Center, Jos after invading the facility has been killed in a gun battle.

It was also confirmed that one of the Armed Squad personnel paid the supreme price during the gun duel while nine inmates also lost their lives.

Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Francis Enobore, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, further disclosed that some of the attackers and a total of 262 inmates escaped in the melee before reinforcement could come from sister services.

He said: “The attackers who stormed the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs on Sunday 28th November 2021 engaged the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) armed squad personnel in a fierce gun battle before breaking into the yard.”

Enobore, however, revealed that 10 of the escapee inmates have so far been recaptured leaving 252 on the run.

He said: “Sadly, one of the NCoS Armed Squad personnel paid the supreme price in the encounter while 9 inmates also lost their lives. Another staff of the Service was shot in the hand and 6 inmates were also injured in the attack.

“The Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa condoled with the family and friends of the gallant officer who paid the ultimate price in the encounter promising that the death will not be in vain as all the perpetrators will be hunted and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“He thanked the officers and men of other security agencies for the assistance in bringing the situation under control and assured members of the public that the safety of inmates including their care and support, will continue to be a top priority in his administration.”

The statement called for collaboration from patriotic individuals to apprehend the fleeing inmates as well as volunteering credible intelligence that could nip such ugly incidents in the bud.

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

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