The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Edo State Command, has revealed how security operatives foiled an attempted jailbreak by inmates at its facility in Ubiaja.
A statement on Friday by the state Public Relations Officer, Aminu Suleman, said that the incident occurred on Wednesday following a riot after the inmates refused to return to their cells.
He disclosed that inmates attempted the jailbreak after they heard about the incidents at the correctional facilities in Oko and Benin in Edo, as well as the recent attack on the custodial centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Suleiman noted that the riot by the inmates led to violence during which cells, admin blocks, and medical office were damaged, while the inmates bored holes on the perimeter fence in a bid to escape from custody.
Suleman, however, said the jailbreak was foiled by armed personnel of the correctional service, police, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Department of State Services (DSS).
He added that the security personnel overpowered the inmates and took full control of the situation after which the inmates returned to their cells.
The command spokesman stated that no inmate escaped from custody and no life was lost, although some staff and inmates were injured.