The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) says one of its officers and nine inmates, serving different jail terms, were killed when gunmen attacked the Jos Correctional Centre on Sunday.
The National Public Relations Officer of NCoS, Mr Francis Enobore, said this in a statement in Jos on Monday.
It would be recalled that the gunmen attacked the correctional centre on Sunday evening.
Enobore said that 262 inmates also escaped from the facility during the incident, adding that 10 of them were later arrested.
He explained that one of the attackers was killed during the exchange of fire between the armed squad of the service and the gunmen.
He also said that one of the personnel of the service and six inmates were severely injured during the attack.
“One of the gunmen trapped within the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Jos, after invading the facility, has been identified as one of those killed in the gun duel.
“Sadly, one of our armed squad personnel paid the supreme price in the encounter, while nine inmates also lost their lives.
“Another staff of the Service was shot in the hand and six inmates were also injured in the attack.
“Meanwhile, some of the attackers and a total of 262 inmates escaped in the melee before reinforcement could come from sister services.
“However, 10 have so far been recaptured, leaving 252 at large,” he said.
The spokesman said that the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, had condoled with the family and friends of the gallant officer who died in the encounter and promised that his death would not be in vain
Nababa vowed that all the perpetrators would be hunted down and be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He thanked the officers and men of other security agencies for their support in bringing the situation under control, while assuring members of the public that the safety of inmates, including their care and support, would continue to be a top priority for his administration.
He called for the people’s collaboration for efforts to apprehend the fleeing inmates, adding that they should also volunteer credible intelligence which could nip such ugly incidents in the bud.
The Jos Medium Security Custodial Centre, as at the time of the attack, had 1,060 inmates, comprising 560 pre-trial detainees and 500 convicts.