NCoS Confirms Death Of 10 During Attack On Jos Centre, 252 Inmates On The Run

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    The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), on Monday said 10 people died during Sunday’s attack on the Jos Correctional Centre by some gunmen.

    He said one of the gunmen trapped within the Medium Security Custodial Center, has been identified as one of those killed in the gun duel.

    In a statement, the Public Relations Officer NCos, Mr Francis Enobore said the attackers who stormed the Custodial Center at about 5.20pm, engaged the Nigerian Correctional Service(NCoS) armed squad operatives in a fierce gun battle before breaking into the yard.
    He said one of the NCoS armed squad operatives paid the supreme price in the encounter while nine inmates also lost their lives.

    Enobore said another staff of the Service was shot in the hand and six inmates were also injured in the attack.

    He further stated that some of the attackers and a total of 262 inmates escaped in the melee beforè reinforcement could come from sister services.
    Enobore said ten had so far been recaptured leaving 252 at large.

    He said the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, condoled with the family and friends of the gallant officer who paid the ultimate price in the encounter, promising that the death would not be in vain as all the perpetrators would be hunted and made to face the full wrath of the law.

    He thanked the officers and men of other security agencies for the assistance in bringing the situation under control and assured members of the public that the safety of inmates including their care and support, would continue to be a top priority in his administration.

    He called for collaboration from patriotic individuals to apprehend the fleeing inmates as well as volunteering credible intelligence that could nip such ugly incidents in the bud.
    Jos Medium Security Custodial Centre as of the time of attack, had 1,060 inmates comprising 560 pre-trial detainees and 500 convicts.

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