No fewer than 11 persons were reportedly killed and 262 inmates escaped following the attack on Nigeria Correctional Service, Jos Custodial Centre by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The Controller of the Jos Correctional Service Centre, Samuel Agunda, confirmed that nine fleeing inmates, their Armed Guard and one of the attackers lost their lives during the bloody operation. He said the attackers are suspected to be Fulani herdsmen from Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area who attempted to free some of their men that were jailed some years ago.
“Some of the inmates who did not escape confirmed that the attackers were from Barkin-Ladi. The Police succeeded in rearresting 10 of the escapees and two others were brought back by their parents, bringing to 12 the total number of those recaptured.”
The Controller General of Nigeria Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa in a statement signed by Francis Enobore confirmed that nine persons were shot dead during the heavy attack.
“One of the gunmen trapped within the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Jos after invading the facility has been identified as one of those killed in the gun duel.
“The attackers who stormed the Custodial Centre at about 1720hrs on Sunday 28th November 2021 engaged the Nigerian Correctional Service(NCoS) armed squad personnel in a fierce gun battle before breaking into the yard.”
He noted with dismay that one of the NCoS Armed Squad personnel paid the supreme price in the encounter while 9 inmates also lost their lives.
“Another staff of the Service was shot in the hand and 6 inmates were also injured in the attack.”
He noted, “Some of the attackers and a total of 262 inmates escaped in the melee before reinforcement could come from sister services. 10 have so far been recaptured leaving 252 at large.”
Nababa condoled with the family and friends of the gallant officer who paid the ultimate price in the encounter, promising that the death will not be in vain as all the perpetrators will be hunted and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“I appreciate 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, will 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.
He said the Jos Medium Security Custodial Centre as at the time of the attack, had 1,060 inmates comprising 560 pre-trial detainees and 500 convicts.
The Controller Nigeria Correctional Service, Jos Custodial Centre, Samuel Aguda added that one officer was shot and killed by the gunmen that attacked the facility.
“We thank the Police, the DSS who are our closes neighbours, they came to our rescue with Military men who came and were able to subdue the attackers.
“Some of the attackers escaped with gunshots, one was gun down and we are still counting our losses. We are still counting the number of inmates to know the actual number of escapees. Unfortunately, one of our armed squads, an Assistant Superintendent was killed.
When asked if he know the identity of the gunmen, he said, “I am not too sure but my men said they were speaking Fulani. They suspected Fulani herdsmen because of the mode of their conversation, that is according to eyewitnesses.
“Eight inmates who joined the attackers to attack us lost their lives. They were gunned down while they were running to escape. Also, the place where inmates records were kept was burnt down completely.”
He explained that some inmates that took advantage of the attack and attempted to escape have been recaptured by the security operatives following the stop and search operation launched immediately.
The Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sonni Tyoden in the company of some Service Chiefs in the state also visited the scene at about 9 am for on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong condemned in strong terms the attack on the Medium Security Custodial Centre when gunmen reportedly stormed the facility in large numbers with sophisticated weapons.
Lalong in a statement signed by Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Simon Macham, while condemning the unfortunate incident, however, praised the gallantry of officers and men of the Jos Custodial Centre who rose to the occasion to thwart the plans of the criminals whose mission was to facilitate the escape of inmates and also cause destruction to the facility.
Lalong also praised the quick reaction of other security agencies including the Police, Operation Safe Haven, DSS, NSCDC and Operation Rainbow who responded swiftly to the situation and took charge of the general area leading to the entrapment of the assailants as well as the arrest of fleeing inmates.
While describing the sad event as one too many in the nation’s correctional system, Lalong said it was high time a holistic approach is applied in bringing such attacks and jailbreaks to an end in order to guarantee the safety of inmates, correctional officers, and the larger society from criminals who choose to attack the very essence of Nigeria’s legal system by disrupting law and order.
He directed an immediate boosting of security measures around all Custodial facilities in the State and assured that the State Government will work with the Federal Government in every way possible to ensure that all Correctional Facilities in the State are protected from such attacks.
MKO Abiola’s Son Picks PRP Presidential Form
Kola Abiola, son of late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, MKO Abiola, has joined the 2023 Presidential race.
Kola on Thursday, picked the N10 million Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Presidency.
He received the forms from the National Secretary of the Party, Babatunde Alli, at the PRP’s headquarters in Abuja.
Three aspirants have so far purchased the forms for the presidential ticket of the party. They are Retired Col. Gboluga Mosugu, Mrs Patience Key and Kola Abiola.
Abiola, who kicked against consensus candidacy as contained in the Electoral Act 2022, said that other aspirants of the party, who had so far purchased their forms were also opposed to the method.
He said: “We have two other candidates. We believe in internal party democracy, we are not doing consensus. It is a transparent party, the more candidates we have the better.
“Whoever wins, we will all come together and work for the party and not somebody calling for consensus where someone will step down for another.
“Let’s go and have a competitive environment, it will be transparent and we will uphold internal democracy and be able to have proper democracy.”
Earlier, the party’s national secretary, Alli, said the party had strategised to ensure a rancour-free primary, by allowing delegates to vote for the presidential candidates of their choice at the state levels.
Meanwhile, the PRP has extended sale and return of nomination forms till May 18.
Retired colonel joins PRP presidential race
A retired Army Colonel and member of the Peoples Redemption Party, Gboluga Mosugu, has submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms making him eligible to run for the office of the President under the platform of the party.
Mosugu who spoke to pressmen while submitting his forms at the PRP’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, said he took the idea to lead the country very seriously.
He said, “The idea to lead Nigeria right is one that I take seriously. I am aware of the challenges ahead, but challenges are meant to be faced and conquered, and I’m in it for the long run. I am a retired Colonel, and as a soldier, one is always prepared to die for their country if the need arises in the course of duty. I could die for Nigeria.
“After I got the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms, I could have changed my mind that I didn’t want to go further, but I am prepared for the challenge ahead, and there is no fear in my mind.”
Mr Mosugu described the PRP as the most competent party in the country, calling on Nigerians to give their mandate to it in 2023.
Speaking, a retired major general, Anthony Ajemba, said he had known Mr Mosugu for over 50 years. “We met in 1973 as young-boy soldiers at Nigeria Military School, Zaria.”
He described the aspirant as a detribalised Nigerian, saying that if given the opportunity, Mr Mosugu would take the country to greater heights.
“We have come to give him our support. He can deliver this nation. This journey that he has started, by the grace of God, he will end well,” Mr Ajemba said.
The national secretary of the party said the PRP had maintained its ideology as a people-centred party and a movement to defend the defenceless.
Mr Mosugu will have to contend for the PRP presidential ticket with some other aspirants including Kola Abiola son of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, Moshood Abiola, and Patience Key.
May Day – PRP Salutes Nigerian Workers
The Peoples Redemption Party ,PRP, has expressed gratitude and respect to all Nigerian workers on the occasion of this year’s Labour Day.
A statement Signed by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Falalu Bello, says the party hold workers in high regards in view of the fact that they are a nation’s essential backbone.
“it is only because of workers that the nation can survive and prosper” Alhaji Bello added.
The party uses this important occasion to extend a hand of partnership with Nigerian workers so as to salvage Nigeria from the challenges bedeviling the nation.