The Kogi State Government has expressed worry over the attack on the Medium Security Correctional Centre in the Kabba area of the state.
This news platform earlier reported that unknown gunmen attacked the federal prison facility on Sunday night which led to the escape of hundreds of inmates.
It was learnt that the gunmen killed soldiers who mounted a barricade in the area, and killed the officers at the prison gate before invading the facility.
In a statement on Monday by the Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi State government condemned the attack on the prison facility and the escape of about 240 inmates.
Fanwo disclosed that some of the inmates who had earlier escaped have been re-arrested, while some returned on their own.
He confirmed that two security operatives lost their lives during the attack, adding that investigations are still on to clearly ascertain the number of inmates that escaped from the centre.
The commissioner, however, revealed that security agencies have gone after the unknown gunmen responsible for the attack on the prison facility.
He appealed to residents and the general public to provide information that will lead to the arrest of the masterminds of the attack.
The statement reads: “We can confirm that some gunmen attacked the Kabba Custodial Centre but investigations are still on to clearly ascertain the number of inmates that escaped from the centre. We also lost two security operatives. That is the number we have at the moment.
“The state security adviser, commander Jerry Omodara (rtd) is currently at the centre with the Kogi state commissioner of police and the commander, army records, Lokoja.
“Security agencies have zeroed in to ensure those who escaped are rearrested as well as trail the masterminds of the attack. We have confidence in our security agencies to unmask the masterminds responsible for the attack and get them apprehended.
“Our security network has led to the re-arrest of the majority of the inmates that escaped as some have also come back to the centre on their own.
“Security agencies, traditional rulers and local hunters are working in synergy to ensure normalcy.
“Our people should go about their normal businesses as security agencies are doing their best to ensure security of lives and property in the face of the unfortunate breach.”