Bandits attack Kogi prison, kill soldiers, free members and other inmates

By Newsie Events Media:

A yet-to-be-identified number of soldiers have been killed by suspected armed bandits who stormed Kabba prison in Kogi state.

Reports had it that they freed their members and other inmates while kiĺing soldiers in the facility.

The heavily armed gunmen, who freed no less than 240 inmates, reportedly attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba around 11:35 p.m. on Sunday night, engaging the facility’s guards in a shootout.

A source in the facility told Peoples Gazette that some soldiers were killed, but he could not immediately confirm the actual figure.
“They overpowered soldiers at a military checkpoint close to the correctional centre, and that gave them access to the facility,” he said, also confirming that bandits were part of the inmates.
He noted that most of the inmates escaped after the walls were broken down. Some returned while a few others were rearrested.
“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,” Francis Enobore, the spokesperson for the correctional centre, said in a statement on Monday.

Mr Enobore noted that a recapture procedure has commenced as investigations were ongoing.

“We’re going for an investigation. We’re heading to the site now and until we’re able to make a proper investigation on what transpired on the ground, we may not be able to ascertain that for now,” he said.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Onyema Nwachukuwu, did not respond to our correspondent’s request seeking comments on the attack.
Prior to the attack, the 200 capacity MSCC was said to have 294 inmates in custody, out of which 224 were pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates.

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