MONDAY: 13th September, 2021: The Kogi state government has said that many of the inmates who escaped during an attack on a correctional centre in the state have been re-arrested.
Gunmen invaded the Kabba Custodial Centre very early on Monday morning, freeing many inmates and killing two soldiers in the process.
The state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, confirming the incident in a statement on Monday, said that security agencies were working to apprehend those responsible.
He added that many inmates who escaped have been re-arrested, while some returned on their own.
“We can confirm that some gunmen attacked the Kabba Custodial Centre but investigations are still on to clearly ascertain the number of inmates that escaped from the centre. We also lost two security operatives. That is the number we have at the moment,” the statement reads.
“The state security adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd) is currently at the centre with the Kogi state commissioner of police and the commander, army records, Lokoja.
“Security agencies have zeroed in to ensure those who escaped are rearrested as well as trail the masterminds of the attack. We have confidence in our security agencies to unmask the masterminds responsible for the attack and get them apprehended.
“Our security network has led to the re-arrest of majority of the inmates that escaped as some have also come back to the centre on their own.
“Security agencies, traditional rulers and local hunters are working in synergy to ensure normalcy.”
Fanwo pleaded with the residents of Kogi and neighboring states to volunteer information that will ensure the apprehension of the masterminds of the onslaught.
“Our people should go about their normal businesses as security agencies are doing their best to ensure security of lives and property in the face of the unfortunate breach,” he said.