240 inmates flee as gunmen attack Kogi custodial centre

Soldiers, policeman killed
Following gunmen attack on the Kabba Medium Custodial Centre, Kogi State, late Sunday night, no fewer than 240 inmates of escaped.

A soldier and a policeman died in a gun duel between security men guarding the facility and the attackers.

Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola and Comptroller-General of the NCoS Haliru Nababa said a manhunt for the fleeing gunmen and inmates had been launched.

Aregbesola added that they have alerted the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to watch out for any of the inmates that might attempt to flee the country.

Kogi Information Commissioner Kingsley Fanwo said some of the inmates had been re-arrested. He did not give the figure.

The statement partly reads: “The Kabba Custodial facility had 294 inmates as of the time of the attack, many of whom escaped after the gunmen used explosives to destroy three sides of the perimeter fence.

“However, 28 inmates didn’t escape. Some have also voluntarily returned to the facility.

“The NCoS Comptroller-General is currently monitoring the situation. A tour of the facility is also ongoing.”



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