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How gunmen used dynamites, freed 837 inmates from prison built for 160 people

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The overcrowded Oyo Medium Security Custodial Centre, in Oyo State, was attacked by yet to be identified gunmen at about 2130hrs on Friday 22nd October, 2021.

The Custodial Centre was established in 2007 with a capacity of 160 inmates but at the time of the attack, it had a total population of 907 inmates. Of this number, awaiting trial persons were 837 representing 92% with just 64 convicts.

A statement by CSC Anjorin Olanrewaju, PRO for the Controller of Corrections, Oyo State Command, said that the invaders arrived the Centre “heavily armed with sophisticated weapons and after a fierce encounter with officers on guard, gained entrance into the yard using dynamite to blast the wall.

“While all the awaiting trial detainees were forced out of custody, the cells housing the convicts and the female inmates were not vandalised.

“Meanwhile, a total of 262 of the escapees have been recaptured leaving 575 still at large. Following the directives of the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa mni, the State Controller, Noel Ailewon has commenced the process of search and recapture after visiting the scene of the incident.

“He assure that no effort will be spared to recapture the fleeing inmates even as he solicit for credible intelligence to aid Security agencies in tracking down the fugitives.”


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