Some gunmen who attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State have been trapped inside the prison facility.
Francis Enobore, the Controller of Corrections (Public Relations Officer), speaking for the Controller-General of Corrections on Sunday evening confirmed the attack.
He also said the gunmen engaged the security personnel in the prison in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.
He, however, added that the gunmen have been trapped in the facility.
He said, “The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who reportedly stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons.
“The invaders were said to have arrived at the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.
“Although they gained entrance to the yard, they are however trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards to cordon the perimeter wall and the entire area.
“Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the centre.
“The situation is presently under control as the attackers firing power is being subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies. Update will be made available as event unfolds.”
WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that some unknown gunmen had attacked the facility on Sunday evening.
However, the number of casualties or injured persons cannot be ascertained yet.