Some gunmen who attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State have been trapped inside the prison facility.
The Controller of Corrections (Public Relations Officer), Francis Enobore, speaking for the Controller-General of Corrections on Sunday evening confirmed the attack.
He also said the gunmen engaged the security personnel in the prison in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.
He, however, added that the gunmen have been trapped in the facility.
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 are 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.”
Suspected bandits had attacked the facility on Sunday evening, Reporters had reported.
However, the number of casualties or injured persons cannot be ascertained yet.
Similarly, some gunmen 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 the gunmen on the evening of Friday, October 22.
It was gathered that the gunmen set all the prisoners at the facility free during the attack.
It was gathered that the attackers used grenades to gain access and set prisoners free.
Spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in the state, Olanrewaju Anjorin had confirmed the attack.