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Barkin-Ladi shooting in court gives ‘freedom’ to 6 convicts

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

PLATEAU STATE – Shooting in High Court in Barkin-Ladi, on 23 day of August, 2020, has paved way for the escape of six correctional service inmates, who were in court at the time, around 1001hrs.

A statement on the incident was signed and issued to Conscience Triumph in Jos on Thursday by Police Public Relations Officer, Martha Banda, indicating the names of escapees as: Umar Adamu, Yusuf Adamu, Musa Abdulkasir, Mohammed Ibrahim, Basir Mohammed and Shuaibi Ado.

According to the statement, some unknown gunmen attacked the court with sporadic gunshots, while the convicts were being un-handcuffed; thereby aiding the escape of the six (6) inmates out of ten (10) that were brought from Jos Custodial Centre for trial.

The inmates were brought in a green “Maria” escorted by five officials of the Correctional Service, about 0955hrs. As soon as the vehicle approached the court premises, the gate was immediately opened and they entered the court premises, while the gate was locked behind it; but the shooting took place, while in the process of un-handcuffing the inmates.

It further explains that, the attackers started shooting, which led to the escape of 6 inmates, while correctional officials were able to prevent the escape of the remaining 4 inmates.

There was no casualty or injured persons in the attack. The Correctional Service and other security outlets are working together to apprehend the escapees and their masterminds.

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