Nigerian police on Monday said they have arrested eight of the inmates who fled a correctional center in central Nigeria’s Plateau state when a group of unknown gunmen attacked the facility on Sunday evening.
Ubah Ogaba, a spokesman for the police in Plateau, told reporters in Jos, the state’s capital city, that one of the fleeing inmates voluntarily surrendered to security operatives after the gunmen’s invasion.
Ogaba said the gunmen stormed the medium-security custodial center in the city of Jos at about 5:20 p.m. local time on Sunday, with sophisticated weapons, and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the prison yard.
Nigerian authorities are yet to confirm the number of inmates who fled the facility after the gunmen invaded the facility.
Immediately after receiving the report, the commissioner of police in the state led reinforcement to the scene, and directed that the entire center be cordoned, Ogaba said.
He said the situation had been brought under control, with security further beefed up at the facility.