The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, Kogi State, has a capacity for 200 inmates, but as of the time of its invasion last Sunday, 294 inmates were in custody, out of which 224 were pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
This is even as the Controller-General, Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, has ordered the activation of immediate recapture procedure and detailed investigation into the invasion of Kogi facility.
The NCoS Public Relations Officer, Controller of Corrections, Francis Enobore, said this in a statement on Monday, in Abuja.
The NAN reports that the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, Kogi State, was attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen and 240 inmates forcefully released.
The Controller-General, who led a team to assess the situation, said that the incident took place at about 23:45hrs on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
The attackers in their numbers were said to have arrived at the custodial centre heavily armed and immediately engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.
Nababa appealed to the general public to provide useful intelligence to security operatives that would assist in recapturing the escapees.
Established in 2008, the Kabba MSCC had a capacity for 200 inmates, but at the time of the invasion, 294 inmates were in custody, out of which 224 are pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates, NAN learnt.