SOME gunmen were reportedly trapped in the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau after launching an attack on the facility.
This occured at about 5.20pm.
The Controller of the Correction.centre, Francis Enobore, disclosed this on Sunday.
Speaking on behalf of the Controller-General of Corrections on Sunday evening, he also said the gunmen engaged the security personnel in the prison in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.
He said, “The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who reportedly stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons.
The invaders were said to have arrived at the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.
“Although they gained entrance to the yard, they were however trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards to cordon the perimeter wall and the entire area.
“Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the centre.
“The situation is presently under control as the attackers firing power is being subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies. Update will be made available as event unfolds.”
Some gunmen had on Monday, October 18 attacked the Oko Medium Security Centre in Edo State and freed the inmates.
The gunmen overpowered the armed guards at the facility and looted shops along the road to the facility,
Also in October, gunmen attacked one of the facilities of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), in Oyo State
The facility known as Abolongo correctional facility was attacked by gunmen on the evening of Friday, October 22.