The Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has alleged that the attack on the Oyo State correctional facility was carried out by bandits.
Naija News had earlier reported that the attackers stormed the facility around 10pm on Friday night bearing weapons and deploying grenades to gain access.
According to reports, all the prisoners in the facility were set free even as the warders keeping watch on the inmates scampered for safety when the gunmen attacked.
During a visit to the facility on Sunday, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said 446 out of 907 escapees have been recaptured while 69 never left the facility.
But in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams said the invasion of Oyo town prison by bandits has exposed the poor security situation in the country.
He added that the attack on the prison exposed the vulnerability of the correctional facility and the security agencies guarding it.
Adams condemned the attack, saying that Oyo State and the entire South-west has never experienced such an attack in a very long time.
He said, “Oyo town has never recorded such an incident in its long history. It’s unfortunate that insecurity has triggered various types of menace.
“Following the attack on the Abuja-bound train, and the Oyo prison attack, there is certainly no doubt that the bandits are playing out a script that will later engulf the entire nation.
“It’s, indeed, very ridiculous to hear such unsavoury news coming from the ancient town. However, I want to express my concern to Kabiesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Oyo State government.
“I’m also using this opportunity to urge the Inspector General of Police to look into the security situation in Oyo and address the problem in the most professional manner. Oyo state is very sensitive to the southwest and we cannot continue to live in fear.”