August 8, 2022

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The Jos Prison attack, which occurred in the State, led to the death of the Armed Squad personnel who has now been identified as Umar Mohammed.

Following the Jos Prison attack, at the Jos Custodian center, it has now been revealed that a Nigerian Correctional Service armed squad personnel and nine inmates were killed during the attack. 262 inmates escaped in the course of the prison attack by armed bandits.

Haliru Nababa, the Controller General of Nigeria Correctional Service, confirmed the incident on Monday, November 29, in a statement published by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Francis Enobore.

The statement on the Jos Prison attack; held that at the time the statement was signed, 10 of the escaped inmates had been apprehended, while 252 were yet to be besieged.

The statement read:

“One of the gunmen trapped within the Medium Security Custodial Center, Jos after invading the facility has been identified as one of those killed in the gun duet.

“The attackers who stormed the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs on Sunday 28th November 2021 engaged the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) armed squad personnel in a fierce gun battle before breaking into the yard.

“Sadly, one of the NCoS Armed Squad personnel paid the supreme price in the encounter while 9 inmates also lost their lives. Another staff of the Service was shot in the hand and 6 inmates were also injured in the attack.

“Some of the attackers and a total of 262 inmates escaped in the melee before reinforcement could come from sister services. 10 have so far been recaptured leaving 252 at large.” 

“I appreciate officers and men of other security agencies for the assistance in bringing the situation under control and assured members of the public that the safety of inmates including their care and support, will continue to be a top priority in his administration.”

The Correctional officer solicited the involvement and collaboration from patriotic individuals who would take demonstrate ingenuity and due diligence in capturing the rest of the fled inmates.

He added that the Jos Medium Security Custodial Centre had 1,060 inmates comprising 560 pre-trial detainees and 500 convicts, before the attack.

Samuel Aguda, the Controller Nigeria Correctional Service, Jos Custodial Centre, attested to the shooting of an officer, which led to the death of one of the criminals that attacked the facility.

“We thank the Police, the DSS, who are our close neighbors, they came to our rescue with Military men who came and were able to subdue the attackers.

“Some of the attackers escaped with gunshots, one was gunned down and we are still counting our losses. We are still counting the number of inmates to know the actual number of escapees. Unfortunately, one of our armed squads, an Assistant Superintendent was killed.

He noted that he was quite unsure of the identities of the gunmen, but some of his officers suspected that they were Fulanis, following the language they spoke.

“Eight inmates who joined the attackers to attack us lost their lives. They were gunned down while they were running to escape. Also, the place where the inmates’ records were kept was burnt down completely.” he concluded.

He explained that some inmates who used the attack as an avenue to attempt an escape had been besieged by security personnels and search operatives.



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