Two soldiers at a roadblock before the Kabba Correctional Centre in Kogi State have been reportedly killed and another seriously injured when gunmen stormed the facility in the early hours of Monday. Over 100 prisoners were said to have been freed during the attack on the facility.
The soldiers were said to have mounted routine checkpoint about 50 metres before the correctional centre along the Lokoja-Okebukun-Kabba highway when the hoodlums rained bullets on them before they marched on the correctional centre.
Unconfirmed account reported gunmen sprayed bullets on an uncompleted building where the soldiers stayed before breaking into the correctional centre where they set over 100 of the inmates free. Some of the correctional officers on duty were said to have been injured, while another soldier was said to have been hit in the leg.
A source confirmed that some of the prisoners were later rearrested about 8am on Monday beside Kudon Hotel, Kabba, when they made efforts to board a vehicle to escape towards neighbouring Kwara State.
Confirming the incident, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 8, Ayuba Edeh, said the Commissioner of Police and other heads of security agencies have swung into action for an assessment of the cause of the situation.