by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Government has condemned in strong terms the attack on the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, which took place on Sunday, when gunmen reportedly stormed the facility in large numbers with sophisticated weapons.
The State Governor, Simon Lalong, while condemning the unfortunate incident, however, praised the gallantry of officers and men of the Jos Custodial Centre, who rose to the occasion to thwart the plans of the criminals whose mission was to facilitate the escape of inmates and also cause destruction to the facility.
He commanded the quick reaction of other security agencies, including the Police, Operation Safe Haven, DSS, NSCDC and Operation Rainbow, who responded swiftly to the situation and took charge of the general area leading to entrapment of the assailants as well as arrest of fleeing inmates.
While describing the sad event as one too many in the nation’s correctional system, Lalong said it was high time a holistic approach is applied in bringing such attacks and jail breaks to an end, in order to guarantee the safety of inmates, correctional officers, and the larger society from criminals, who choose to attack the very essence of Nigeria’s legal system by disrupting law and order.
While directing an immediate boosting of security measures around all custodial facilities in the State, Lalong assured that the State Government will work with the Federal Government in every way possible to ensure that all Correctional Facilities in the State are protected from such attacks.
And, while awaiting full report of the incident, the governor asked the citizens of the state to remain calm and go about their legitimate duties “with utmost vigilance” by reporting any suspicious activity to security agencies for prompt and decisive action.
He said the government will continue to make Plateau inconducive for criminals by sustaining the proactive measures adopted against all criminal enterprises.