The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has confirmed attack of a prison house in Oyo State, saying the gunmen overpowered security operatives with grenades.
The minister, who confirmed this on Saturday, revealed that some of the fleeing inmates have been recaptured.
According to him, the attack on the Abolongo Custodial Centre, in Oyo State was carried out by a large number of heavily-armed gunmen on Friday, October 22.
In a statement by his media aide, Sola Fasure, Aregbesola the armed squad unit members of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies on guard at the facility engaged the attackers in a gun duel that lasted for 20 minutes before they were overpowered after the attackers used grenades and other explosives to gain access into the awaiting trial section of the facility and set free many of the awaiting trial inmates. Other sections of the facilities were left untouched.
Aregbesola said security agencies were on the trail of the escaped inmates, while a joint security services manhunt was launched immediately for the recapture of the fugitives.
Aregbesola confirmed the recapture some of the fleeing inmates while others returned voluntarily. The Minister advised those on the run to turn themselves in, stressing that an escape from lawful custody is a serious offence.