The Plateau State Police Command announced Monday that seven inmates had been rearrested following an attack on the Correctional Facility in Jos, the Plateau State Capital.
The Jos Correctional Facility was attacked on Sunday despite the place being located almost in the epicentre of the city, the safest part. Despite heavy gunfire during the attack, no victim has been reported dead or injured.
The centre is also the state headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Police A Division. Opposite of it, across the road, is the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police.
“On 28th November 2021 at about 17:20 hours, the medium-security custodial centre in Jos came under attack by yet to be identified gunmen where some inmates escaped,” State Police Command spokesman ASP Ubah Ogaba said.
“Upon receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, Bartholomew Onyeka who led reinforcement to the scene, directed that the entire Centre be cordoned.
“The CP also directed immediate stop and search where seven escapees have been re-arrested by the Police and are in custody, while one escapee voluntarily surrendered himself to the Police.
“Based on the prompt response, the situation was brought under control by the superior gunfire of security agencies.”
The police insisted that they and other security agencies were currently working to contain or eradicate hoodlum attacks in the area.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) condemned the attack, noting in a statement that jailbreak had become a new trend.