- Samson Omale
Jos Prisons: JCC Officials Recover Several Bodies After Gunmen Attack
Several bodies have been recovered by officials of the Jos Custodial center(Formerly the Nigeria Prisons) after the Medium Security Custodial Centre came under attack by gunmen who reportedly stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons.
Our reporter has counted as many as six bodies.
It is not clear if the bodies are those of the gunmen who attacked the facility or inmates who attempted to escape.
One NCC officer was killed and another shot in the arm when the invaders arrived at the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs on Sunday and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.
The front office holding the records of the JCC was set alight by the invaders.
As at the time of writing this report officials of the Jos Custodial center were still trying to ascertain the extent of damage to the facility, take head counts of the inmates and positively identify the bodies to be sure if or not the invaders are among the dead.
In the Meantime, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has condemned in strong terms the attack on the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos describing it as unfortunate.
The Governor 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.