Akure - About 175 inmates were set free by gunmen who broke through security at Olokuta prison in Akure, Ondo State. The gunmen got to the prison premises around 12: 05 am and started shooting sporadically to scare off prison officials on duty.
They gained entrance into the prison by blowing off a wall leading into some inmates’ cells. Prison officers on duty were knocked down by bullets fired by the gunmen before they set the inmates free.
Speaking on the development, the state prison comptroller, Tunde Olayiwola, described the attack as unusual saying that authorities at the prison will soon bring the culprita to book. He dispelled rumors that the attack was masterminded by the Boko Haram
“We cannot specifically identify those behind the attack, but the attack is unusual. One of our officers was injured during the attack and he is in the hospital right now receiving treatment but I am assuring that those behind the attack will be brought to book."
The comptroller said the attack was the first of its kind in the history of the prison.
The Public Relations officer of the Police command in the state, Wole Ogodo, also confirmed the attack. He said the police command had contacted the prison authority saying the information gathered on the jail break is still sketchy.
He noted that the incident has nothing to do with terrorism and called on the people of the state to continue with their normal duty assuring them that the police will continue to protect lives and properties of the people of the state.