No fewer than 114 out of 240 inmates who escaped from the Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, in Kogi State, after gunmen attack on the facility have been recaptured by security agencies.
The Federal Government had yesterday launched manhunt 240 inmates who escaped the Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) after the attack.
While assuring the public to remain calm, the government noted that a Crisis Response Centre has been activated and a Special Taskforce deployed to recapture escaped inmates whilst an Inter-Agency Security Task Force was already on the trail of the gunmen who attacked the facility.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who gave the assurance, explained that during the attack, security officers on duty, which comprised of 15 soldiers, 10 Police Officers and 10 armed guards of the NCoS fought gallantly to repel the attack.
According to him, the Kabba Custodial facility had 294 inmates as at the time of the attack, many of whom escaped after the gunmen used explosives to destroy three sides of the perimeter fence. However, there remains 28 inmates who didn’t escape. Some have also voluntarily returned to the facility as at this morning.
Confirming the development on Tuesday, the Nigeria’s Correctional Service Spokesman, Francis Enobore, said that 114 inmates have been rearrested by the security agencies
“We have a total of 114 inmates rearrested. But as the day progresses, the figure will definitely increase,” he added, saying “several processes have been activated to ensure all inmates are rearrested.”
At about 2245 GMT on Sunday, the spokesman had said earlier in a statement, numerous attackers “engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.”
The gunmen invaded the prison, which had 294 prisoners in custody at the time, including 224 pre-trial detainees.
A soldier and a police officer lost their lives in the attack, Enobore later added.
Large prison outbreaks are not uncommon in Nigeria. On April 5, gunmen raided Owerri police headquarters, in Nigeria’s southern Imo state, freeing more than 1,800 inmates.
In addition to fighting criminal gangs who also kidnap people for ransom and rustle cattle, Nigeria’s security forces are facing a violent jihadist insurgency in the northeast and separatist agitation in the southeast.