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How Armed Gunmen Attacked Oyo Prison Facility and Freed Over 800 inmates

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In the past several months, there have been a series of attacks on prison facilities in the country. Most of the attacks have taken place in the South East where secessionist agitators and the so-called unknown gunmen have freed thousands of inmates.

But in recent times the attacks on prison facilities have spread to other states in the country. Not long ago, armed men attacked a prison facility in Kogi State and freed inmates. The same thing has been repeated in Oyo State, where armed men stormed the Abolongo Correctional facility in Oyo State and freed over 800 inmates.

This report will analyse how the attack took place and the implication of the action on Nigeria’s security situation. 

The Armed men bombed the prison open to free inmates

The attack on the prison facility took place around 9:45 pm, Friday Night as unknown gunmen stormed the facility in their numbers and started shooting. They engaged the warders in a gun battle before they bombed open the prison walls to free the inmates. Over 800 inmates were said to have been freed.

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This is one attack too many on the country’s prison facility and the ease with which they take place suggests that this could be an inside job. More so, it shows that Nigeria’s prison facilities all over the country are not well secured which makes them vulnerable to attacks from armed groups. 

Therefore, there is the need to reinforce the perimeter fences around the facilities and also deploy more security presence to the prisons.

Another important point to note is that most of the prisons in Nigerian were built before independence, so, over time the structures have become weak and no longer durable. They lack the kind of reinforcement to withstand attacks from present-day criminals.

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The country cannot truly talk about prison reforms without making a substantial investment in the construction of modern correctional facilities that will live of to its name as a correctional facility, where prisoners are not just punished but reformed.

But the most disturbing is the fact that incidences of jailbreaks are not given the kind of attention it deserves. Up until now, there has not been any report that the perpetrators have been made to face justice. So, these criminals are emboldened to carry out more attacks. 

And every time such attacks take place dangerous criminals are released into society where they become a danger to law abiding citizens.

This is a very worrying sign and the government must react to this before it becomes another pandemic like armed banditry.  

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