Jos Prison Attack: Police confirm rearrest of seven fleeing inmates


By Valentine Amanze

The Nigerian Police  authorities have confirmed the rearrest of seven inmates who escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State, after the unknown gunmen struck the facility on Sunday.

This followed the spirited effort of a combined security agents’s effort to subdue the attackers on Sunday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ubah Ogaba, who  confirmed the rearrest of the inmates, revealed that the state Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka, led a reinforcement to the scene of the incident.

Ogaba further disclosed that it was the police commissioner, who directed that the entire area be cordoned off following reports that the centre was attacked by gunmen, leading to the escape of some inmates there.

According to the command’s spokesman, the police immediately began a stop-and-search operation, which led to the rearrest of seven escapees.

While the rearrested inmates are in custody, another person who escaped from the centre is said to have voluntarily surrendered himself to the police.

Ogaba said that as a result of the prompt response to the attack, the situation was brought under control by the superior gunfire of the security operatives at the scene.

The full statement by the command’s spokesman :

On 28/11/2021 at about 1720hrs, the medium-security custodial centre in Jos came under attack by yet to be identified gunmen where some inmates escaped.

Upon receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, CP Bartholomew N. Onyeka who led reinforcement to the scene, directed that the entire centre be cordoned.

The CP also directed immediate stop and search where seven (7) escapees have been re-arrested by the Police and are in Custody while one escapee voluntarily surrendered himself to the Police.

Based on the prompt response, the situation was brought under control by the superior gunfire of Security Agencies.

The CP reaffirmed that the Police and other Security Agencies are currently on the ground to effectively deprive the hoodlums of the space they desire to perpetrate their evil acts.

Meanwhile, the situation is under control.


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