Unidentified gunmen stormed the Kabba Prison in Kogi State freeing 240 inmates, Sunday, as confirmed by the office of the Controller-General of Corrections, Monday.
The incident which occurred at the medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, in Kogi saw the gunmen forcefully free 240 inmates of the facility in the attack.
A statement confirming the attack by the Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore, on behalf of the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, said ‘the incident took place at about 2345hrs on 12th September, 2021. The attackers in their number were said to have arrived at the Custodial Centre heavily armed and immediately engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.”
Continuing, Enobore said the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa ‘has ordered a recapture procedure to be activated immediately and detailed investigation carried out even as he personally leads a team to assess the situation.
“He appealed to the general public to provide useful intelligence that will assist in recapturing the escapees to security operatives.”
Kabba MSCC was established in 2008 with a capacity of 200.
“At the time of the invasion, 294 inmates were in custody out of which 224 are pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, in a related development, 12 security personnel have been killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on a Nigerian military base in Zamfara State.
The attackers reportedly stole weapons and also set houses on fire.
“The attackers stormed the base around 10:30 am and engaged the troops in a fierce gun battle,” one security source said.
“They subdued the troops and killed 12 of them. They included nine navy, a soldier and two policemen.”
The base in Mutumji, Dansadau district, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the state capital, Gusau, is a key site for logistics and reconnaissance in the army’s fight against bandits in the area.