Gunmen Break Into Prison, 175 Inmates Freed
medium security prison in Akure by armed
gunmen at 12.30 am today, 175 inmates
were set free. The bandits set off
explosives and broke in shooting
sporadically into the air. The police re-
arrested some of the escapees.
Reportedly, four persons were injured in the gun
battle, but nobody have been killed.
According to Sahara Reporters, sources at the
prison disclosed that the bandits made the aim
of their 'operation' clear. "They came and were
calling the names of people they want to set
free," one of them said. "There is this particular
name from Edo state that they were calling
simultaneously. I think he is a prominent
criminal in the prison. The name is from the
The Comptroller of Prisons in the state, Tunde
Olayiwola, told journalists that some of the
escaped inmates have been re-arrested. He
confirmed that one officer was seriously injured,
and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. He
did not disclose the officer's name.
Olayiwola said some of his men were on the trail
of the escapees, saying that those who were
caught were lured through a mobile-talking
device as signals were sent out immediately to
Eyitayo Jegede, the Ondo State Attorney General
and Commissioner for Justice after his visit to the
scene described it as pathetic and said the state
government would summon the top officials of
the prison. "With what we are seeing here, the
state government will look into the incidence and
if need be, we will summon all the security
chiefs and top prison officers''.
Also speaking after his visit, the commissioner
for police, Patrick Dukumor, described the
incident as 'unfortunate' and promised that the
perpetrator will be brought to book. "I can
assure you that the perpetrator of this incidence
will be brought to book and any culprit found
behind this will be dealt with severally," he said.
The Commissioner has already deployed a large
detachment of men and two armored personnel
carriers to the prison to ensure maximum
security in the area.
The police have also
dispelled rumours that the attack on the prison
was carried out by Boko Haram insurgents.
Police spokesperson, Wole Ogodo, said that
although the information at his disposal was
sketchy at press time, the situation has been
brought under control, and that the heads of
security agencies in the state would soon meet
and brainstorm on how to apprehend the
sponsors as well as arrest all those who
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