Gunmen Attack Oyo Prison, Sets Inmates Free

The correctional facility in Abolongo, Oyo, Oyo State was attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Friday evening. The attackers set free many prisoners therein, multiple reports say.

The gunmen stormed the facility at about 10pm on Friday, attacking with grenades to gain access and set prisoners free.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the attack left the facility in disarray with warders scampering for safety.

Other security agencies have since mobilized their personnel to support men and women of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in tracking down the gunmen and rearresting prisoners.

Often, when prison break occurs, effort are made by the NCS in conjunction with security agency to rearrest the escapee and return them to the prison and this may result in the extension of their jail term. Prison break in Nigeria may be attributed to corruption, poor funding of the prison services, poor prison facilities, inadequate security features such as CCTV, motion sensors, high wall made up of barbed wire and sometimes electric fencing of the wall.

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