The Edo State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has said it foiled a jailbreak attempt by inmates at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) facility, Ubiaja, Esan South East Local Government Area.
In a statement in Benin by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, Richard Ogbebor, it was disclosed that the attempted jailbreak occurred from 15:00 hours to 17:00 hours on Wednesday.
Ogbebor explained that the corps had received a distress call and subsequently mobilised its personnel led by an Assistant Superintendent of Corps 1, Samuel Ogbeide to the facility.
According to him, the inmates had broken out from their cells and were already engaging the correctional officers in a fight.
He disclosed that in a bid to bring the development under control some of the officers sustained different degrees of injury but with the help of the Nigerian Army, 4th Brigade, and the Edo Command, Nigerian Police Force, the inmates were eventually overpowered and taken back to their cells.
He added that security had been fully beefed up at the correctional facility by all security agencies.
This is happening about two weeks after gunmen stormed a correctional facility in Owerri, Imo State, freeing over 1,800 inmates.