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Oyo Jailbreak: 262 inmates recaptured, 575 still at large

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Saturday confirmed the death of two security agents in the state during the attack on a correctional facility in Oyo town.

The two security agents included a corporal of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation Burst, and an operative of Oyo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun Corps.

The correctional facility, which was named as Abolongo correctional center and located in Oyo town was attacked Friday evening.

It is understood that the facility which was established in 2007 has the capacity to accommodate only 160 inmates, was housing a total of 907 inmates when it was attacked.

Spokesman of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in the State, Olanrewaju Anjorin, has said that a total of 262 awaiting trial persons have been recaptured.

He added that 575 inmates are still at large.

Confirming the deaths, Gov. Makinde said: “I am addressing you today to update you about recent happenings affecting the security of our state. Last night, security operatives responded to a distress call about a jailbreak in the Abolongo Correctional Centre, Oyo town.

“The correctional facility had been attacked with explosives, and some inmates were set free. Our security men were ambushed. As a result, we lost two of our security agents – A corporal of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation Burst, and an Operative of the Oyo State Amotekun Corps.

“Aside from the two lives lost, we had several operatives injured. I must mention that one of our Amotekun female volunteers, Shukurat Omoba, is presently in critical condition.

“I have visited her at the hospital, and we are deploying all state resources to ensure that she survives this. Please, let us all join in prayer for her speedy and complete recovery.

“Although, some inmates have been recovered and taken back into custody, some are still at large. All security agencies have been placed on high alert to ensure that all that escaped are rearrested and returned to custody.

“I am, therefore, using this opportunity also to put the citizens on alert. There is no better time to repeat the call to action: if you see something, please say something. These criminals would want to go to areas where they will not be easily rearrested. If you spot any unexplained strangers in your community, please call the 615-security emergency number immediately, and make a report.

“I have directed the security agencies to deploy personnel to critical national assets within the state and to monitor all entrance and exit points across the state.”

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