Tuesday, 2 December 2014

60 Suspected Insurgents Bomb Ekiti Prison, Free Associates

About 60 gunmen atttacked the Federal Prisons Ado Ekiti,  located at Afao Ekiti Road, Ekiti State at about 10.30pm on Sunday, kill at least one prison official and freed their wounded colleagues, who had earlie been remanded there.

However as at the time of this report the number of those freed could not be confirmed.
According to Vanguard

A local leader of the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, Mr Ade Adeniyi (Apase) was at the prison at the time of the attack. He was, however, said to have remained inside the prison even as other inmates fled. The prison is the only one in Ekiti State.

The gang were said to have used an explosive to blow up the main gate of the prison before they could gain entrance into the prison yard.

They equally killed all the 20  sniffer dogs tied in front of the gate.

The gang was said to have come to the prison premises in seven Hilux trucks, brandishing

dangerous weapons such as cudgels, cutlasses, AK 47 rifles , charms and  chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they shot sporadically into the air .

Vanguard further gathered that the gunshots  and the bombing were so intense that the  inmates had to  run in different directions to prevent being hit by stray bullets.

The Comptroller  of Prison, Ekiti State, Mr. Kehinde Fadipe , who later confirmed the attack, but denied loss of life adding that Adeniyi Adedipe,  was still in custody.

“We are moving around to assess the situation. It was not a jail break but an attack on the prison. The main entrance of the prison was blown up.

“What happened is that we were attacked from outside not from within, they came massively with different weapons, they attacked our men on duty, and we have been here since 10.30 yesterday Sunday.”

On those that escaped from prison, the comptroller said his men were already out to re-arrest inmates that escaped during the attack.

He said he had no Boko Haram member in the prison to warrant attack from the Islamic sect, saying it would be preposterous to draw conclusion now on where the attack actually came.

He equally failed  to give the figure of those that escaped and those that had returned into the prisons on their own.

The Comptroller  added that some of the escaped inmates “have been recaptured and kept in police cells.

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