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Gunmen Attack Kogi Prison; 240 Inmates Escape; FFK Names Suspected Traitors

Unknown gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State, in the early hours of Monday morning. The attackers killed two security men and freed 240 prison inmates.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), Francis Enobore, said the gunmen fired at security men immediately they gained access into the correctional facility.

The Comptroller-General of the NPS, Haliru Nababa, reportedly visited the facility to evaluate the situation on ground and then ordered an immediate investigation into the attack.

He also ordered that security must track and apprehend the attackers with a view to bringing them to justice. He equally urged the public to help with recapturing the escaped inmates by furnishing law enforcement with salient information.

In a turn of event, former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK) said the prison attack was calculated to undermine the democratic governance of Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello. He noted that the agenda of the perpetrators to discredit the government of Bello will not work and that the attackers and their sponsors will be arrested.

“The prison break and murder of security men in Kogi was contrived,” FFK tweeted. “It is a similar plot to the EFCC one. Those behind it need to know that when God is with someone nothing can stop him. Trying to undermine and discredit Yahaya cannot work. Those behind it will hear from us soon.”

 Established in 2008, the MSCC has a capacity for 200 inmates, but housed 294 when the gunmen struck. Officials said 70 were convicted inmates and 224 were jailed to await court trial.

Earlier this year, gunmen also attacked a prison facility in Imo State and freed 1,844 inmates. They also set fire to the facility before attacking the police headquarters in the state. More than 50 vehicles were burnt in the attack.

The same incident played out at a prison facility in Ubiaja, Edo State, but army personnel and police officers quickly overpowered the inmates who were freed and recaptured them all.