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Operatives of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), and the Nigeria Army, on Wednesday, foiled what would have been another disaster in Nigeria as they blocked an attempted jailbreak at the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Ubiaja, Edo State.
It was gathered that the attempted jailbreak started as unrest by the inmates who rebuffed moves them to their cells after it was opened out as it is the routine practice in the correctional center.
According to impeccable sources in the prison, that some hardened criminals among the inmates instigated others to riot, having been in the know of what happened at Oko, Benin and Owerri centres in recent times.
The development, it was gathered, led to the damaging of cells, the administrative blocks, the medical office and the perimeter fence in a bid to facilitate their escape from custody.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the NCoS command in Edo state, Aminu Suleiman, confirmed the incident.
He said the inmates were eventually repelled and overpowered due to the re-enforcement of armed personnel of the NCoS, the Police Force, Nigerian Army, NSCDC, and the DSS who were deployed to the centre to ensure calm and full control of the situation.
‘The situation is under control and the inmates have returned to their cells.
‘No life was lost but some staff and inmates sustained various degrees of injuries and no inmate escaped from custody,’ he added.
According to Suleiman said the state Controller, Felix Lawrence, who visited the centre, commended sister security agencies for the effective synergy and prompt response.
Recall that gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had attacked the Owerri custodial center on April 5.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK