Group task police, others not to congest prisons with trivial offenders

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Suspected cattle rustlers from Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State have been identified as those who attacked the Jos Correctional Centre, the Head of the facility, Samuel Aguda said.

He disclosed one official, nine inmates were killed, six were fatally injured, 252 escaped and 12 were recaptured while at the time of this report, 789 inmates are in custody.

He stated, “The attackers who stormed the Custodial Center engaged the Nigerian Correctional Service armed squad personnel in a fierce gun battle before breaking into the yard. Sadly, one of the Armed Squad personnel paid the supreme price in the encounter while nine inmates also lost their lives.

“The attackers were suspected Fulani cattle rustlers from Barkin Ladi, some of the inmates took part in attacking us because they gave them rifles from our armory. 10 escapees were captured while two were brought back by their parents. Six were fatally injured, 252 escaped and 789 are in custody. We are hoping that with the combined efforts of security agencies, the escapees will be arrested. We have learned one or two lessons from this incident, we want to assure that this will not happen again.”

He added that no invader was trapped in the facility as those who invaded the place escaped without being arrested except that one of them was killed.

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