by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Controller of Prisons (Correctional Centre), Samuel Aguda, has said a total of 252 inmates have escaped from the Jos Prison, following an attack on the facility on Sunday.
Briefing newsmen in his office in Jos on Monday evening, Mr Aguda disclosed that, 12 inmates, who escaped, have been rearrested, while two were brought back to the prison by their relations on Monday.
According to him, the attackers were identified as Fulani cattle rustlers from Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State whose members are serving jail term at the prison, and they came to rescue them.
The Controller further explained that, eleven (11) persons died during the incident; one among the deceased has been identified as one of the 12 suspects, who attacked the facility on Sunday.
The Controller regretted that a staff of the correctional centre, an armed Squad Guard, paid the supreme prize during the battle. He was killed at the gate before the attackers gained entrance.
Mr. Aguda stated that, nine (9) inmates, who broke into the armoury of the prison, carted away two guns, but were gunned down immediately.
According to him, 6 inmates are being hospitalized, following gunshot injuries they sustained during the incident.
The Controller noted that, at the moment 789 inmates are currently at the Jos Prisons, and urged Nigerians to have confidence in the Correctional Centre for a better society.
Our correspondent gathered that, the Jos Custodial Centre as at the time of attack, had 1,060 inmates comprising 560 pre-trial detainees and 500 convicts.