21 inmates arrested following recent prison attack in central Nigeria

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Nigerian authorities on Tuesday confirmed security operatives have arrested up to 21 fleeing inmates among those who escaped from prison after a recent attack by gunmen in the central state of Plateau.

At least 11 people were killed and 252 inmates fled from the custodial center in the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state, when a group of unknown gunmen invaded the facility on the evening of November 28.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) said some of the inmates who escaped had voluntarily returned, including two inmates who were reportedly brought back to the custodial center by their mother.

The statement said others were arrested by security agencies in the state.

In a separate statement, Mohammed Tukur, a deputy controller general of the NCoS, who was in Jos city to assess the level of damage caused by the gunmen invasion, blamed the attack on “the paucity of modern equipment and other gadgets.”

The Jos custodial center at the time of the attack had 1,060 inmates, comprising 560 pre-trial detainees and 500 convicts, said Francis Enobore, the spokesman for the NCoS, in an earlier statement.

In October, the Nigerian government said that it had launched an audit of prison facilities in the country to determine their vulnerability, following a spate of jailbreaks in parts of the country in recent months.

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