Kogi Govt Confirms Prison Break, Calls for Calm


The Kogi State Government has confirmed that gunmen attacked the Medium Correctional Centre in Kabba, where hundreds of inmates were reportedly set free.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo in a press statement on Monday also confirmed that two security operatives died in the attack.

Earlier reports indicated that the gunmen struck on Sunday midnight through to the dawn of Monday, killing two soldiers on the highway before invading the prison to set prisoners free.

Fanwo in the statement said the State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara, Kogi State Commissioner of Police and the Commander, Army Records, Lokoja have visited the centre.

He assured that the gunmen would be apprehended.

“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 rearrest 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.

“We urge Kogi citizens and citizens of neighbouring states to help volunteer information that will ensure the apprehension of the masterminds of the dastardly act.

“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.”

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