Ondo: Gunmen Free 175 Inmates In Olokuta Prison Attack

PrisonNo fewer than one hundred and seventy five inmates of the Olokuta Maximum Prison in Akure, the Ondo state capital, have been set free by gunmen who attacked the facility early Sunday.

It was learnt that the attackers used explosives to blast their way through the prison gates which is a few kilometers from the 32 Artillery brigade of the Nigerian Army Akure.

Unconfirmed reports put the number of people who died in the attack which occurred at about 12.30 am at four.

Confirming the jail break, the State Comptroller of Prison, Tunde Olaniyan said the gunmen had superior fire power but denied anyone died in the attack.

He described the attack as “unusual” and added that some of the inmates that escaped during the attack have been re-arrested.

The Ondo State police command also confirmed the attack but denied claims that the gunmen were members of the Boko Haram sect.

The police spokesperson, Wole Ogodo, said the attack was carried out by armed robbers who were on a mission to free some of their colleagues detained in the prison and stated that investigation into the attack has begun.


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