NPS Recaptures 193 Inmates of Ado-Ekiti Prison

prison-service_officersThe Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has recaptured 193 inmates since the attack on Ado-Ekiti prison on Sunday, December 3, 2014 out of total of 435 inmates.

Over 300 inmates of the Ado Ekiti Prison escaped on Sunday night after an attack on the facility by unknown gunmen.

The spokesperson of the Prison Service, Ope Fatinikun, appealed to Nigerians, especially nearest communities and neighbouring states of Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, Osun, Kogi and Kwara states to be vigilant and watch out for suspicious individuals and report them to the nearest Prisons or Police stations.

In early November, a prison in Kogi State was attacked with over 120 inmates freed.

Both attacks happened on a Sunday night.

This has been a source of concern for many Nigerians who are asking security agencies in Nigeria to guard against a recurrence.

Gunmen Free Over 300 Inmates From Ado-Ekiti Prison

Kogi PrisonOver 300 inmates of the Ado Ekiti Prison escaped on Sunday night after an attack on the facility by unknown gunmen.

The Comptroller of Prison, Kehinde Fadipe, who confirmed the attack, said the attackers used dynamite to break the main entrance to the prison.

He added that some of the escaped inmate have been rearrested.

“We were attacked from outside and not from within. They came massively with different weapons.

“We have been here since yesterday 11:00 pm till this morning. Our men are out there trying to recapture some of them. There was no casualty and the motive of those that came will come to light later,” he said.

Meanwhile , the security men did not allow journalists to take shots of the affected side of the building within the Ado Ekiti prison premises.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has promised to be in Ado Ekiti to assess the level of the attack.

It is the second prison attack within the last one month.

In early November, a prison in Kogi State was attacked with over 120 inmates freed.

The prisoners had escaped from the jail after gunmen armed with grenades and heavy fire arms attacked the Nigeria Federal Prison in Koton-Karfe, Kogi State, Nigeria’s north central region, setting over 140 inmates free.

Residents of the state said they heard gunshots and explosions at about 10:00pm on November 2.

Both attacks happened on a Sunday night and this should be a source of concern for security agencies in Nigeria to guard against a recurrence.