Sequel to the the Abolongo Custodial Centre break
on Friday night, by some unknown gunmen, in which some of the inmates were freed and some escaped, the Federal Ministry of Interior, headed by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has issued a press statement, narrating the incident, and laid claim to the fact that, some of the escaped prisoners have been recaptured, while some of them returned voluntarily.
In the Saturday Statement titled, ‘ARMED ATTACK ON ABOLONGO CUSTODIAL CENTRE’, issued by Sola Fasure, Media Adviser to the Minister of Interior, it was revealed that,
“At about 10.00 pm yesterday, October 22, 2021, a large number of heavily-armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre, in Oyo, Oyo State.
“Armed squad unit members of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies on guard at the facility, engaged the attackers in a gun duel that lasted for 20 minutes, before they were overpowered.
“The attackers subsequently, used grenades and other explosives to gain access into the awaiting trial section of the facility, and set free many of the awaiting trial inmates. Other sections of the facilities were left untouched.
“Security agencies are on the trail of the escaped inmates, while a joint security services manhunt has been launched immediately, for the apprehension of the assailants.
“This has led to the capture of some of the inmates, while others returned voluntarily.
“However, those who are on the run are advised to turn themselves in, as escape from lawful custody is a serious offense. The full weight of the law will be brought on them when arrested!”
The Press Statement also attested that,
“The Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been on the situation immediately the incident occurred.
“The Minister of Interior has been briefed on the attack. He is monitoring the situation.
“He has assured members of the public to go about their normal businesses as the situation is under control. He also requires members of the public to report any suspicious movement, or any sign of the escaped inmates and the gunmen in and around the vicinity, to the nearest security post around them.”