The Controller of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Oyo State Command, Mr. Noel Ailewon, has said more than 300 inmates of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Abolongo, Oyo, in Oyo State, who escaped during Friday’s attacks have been recaptured.
According to Sun, Ailewon made this revelation in an interview with journalists at the facility in Abolongo, on Saturday, saying profiling of the recaptured inmates and those that did not escape was ongoing.
According to him, the gunmen that raided the facility invaded the place around 10pm on Friday came in large numbers and they attacked the centre with sophisticated weapons.
He stated that he was informed about the incident around 10.05pm by the head of the custodial centre.
He said there were varying degrees of injury, and one death was recorded.
The deceased, he said, was an inmate that attempted to escape.
Shortly after the interview with Ailewon, recaptured inmates were brought into the facility in a black maria.
Meanwhile, there was a report that one soldier and two Amotekun operatives were killed during a gun duel with the gunmen.
But the Director-General of an Oyo State joint security outfit, codenamed Operation Burst, Col James Oladipo, said the soldier was not dead as at 1:30pm on Saturday, adding, however, that he was critically injured and he was not sure if he could survive the night injuries.
Moreover, a pick-up van, belonging to Operation Burst was sighted at Abolongo and it was riddled with bullets.
Bloodstains were seen in the vehicle.
Speaking on the incident, the Commandant of Amotekun Corps in Oyo State, Col Olayinka Olayanju (retd) could not be reached on his mobile phone as at the time of filing this report for confirmation on whether two personnel of the security outfit actually lost their lives during exchange of fire with the gunmen.