The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, assured Nigerians that the attack on Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo, Oyo State has been brought under control, telling members of the public to go about their businesses.
The Minister who was reacting to the incident via a statement by his Media Aide, Sola Fasure, stated that he has been briefed by the Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service and he is monitoring the situation.
Aregbesola stated further that the awaiting trial section that was later attacked by grenades and other explosives, thereby setting some of the awaiting trial inmates free.
Security agents have rearrested some of those who escaped while some have voluntarily returned to the center while security agents are on the trail of others.
Heavily armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre late Friday, 22 October, 2021 and engaged the security agents on ground in a gun duel which lasted for about 20 minutes before they were overpowered.
in the area At about 10.00 pm yesterday, October 22, 2021, a large number of heavily-armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre, in Oyo, Oyo State.
“The attackers subsequently used grenades and other explosives to gain access into the awaiting trial section of the facility and set free many of the awaiting trial inmates. Other sections of the facilities were left untouched.
“The Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been on the situation immediately the incident occurred.
“The Minister of Interior has been briefed on the attack. He is monitoring the situation.
“He has assured members of the public to go about their normal businesses as the situation is under control. He also requires members of the public to report any suspicious movement or any sign of the escaped inmates and the gunmenin and around the vicinity to the nearest security post around them.
“Security agencies are on the trail of the escaped inmates, while a joint security services manhunt has been launched immediately for the apprehension of the assailants.
“This has led to the capture of some of the inmates while others returned voluntarily. However, those who are on the run are advised to turn themselves in, as escape from lawful custody is a serious offense. The full weight of the law will be brought on them when arrested,” the statement said.