175 inmates escape as gunmen attack Akure prison

About 175 inmates of Olokuta Medium Prison in Akure, Ondo State, early Sunday escaped from the facility when gunmen numbering about 30 attacked the prison located on Ondo Road in the outskirt of the state capital. The gunmen reportedly arrived the prison premises around 12:05 a.m. and started shooting sporadically. Before they arrived the main entrance, the gunmen were said to have destroyed street lights, which led to the prison from the main road with bullets during which one of the officers on duty was hit by a stray bullet. The walls of the prison were equally riddled with bullets. The gunmen were said to have broken the wall leading to the inmates cells with grenades when their attempts to blow off the main entrance was unsuccessful. All the inmates at the prison were said to have escaped with the gunmen. Speaking with journalists, the Prison Comptroller for the state command, Mr Tunde Olayiwola, described the attack as unusual. He said the authority would soon bring the culprits to book. He dispelled the rumour that the attack was masterminded by the Boko Haram sect. He said: “We cannot specifically identify those behind the attack, but the attack is unusual.”

– http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/175-inmates-escape-as-gunmen-attack-akure-prison/152018/


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