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Hoodlums attacked prison guards at court hearing to free inmate: NCoS

Suspected associates of an inmate on trial staged an attack during the suspect’s scheduled trial at the Lagos High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square.

• November 3, 2021
Interim Controller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), John Mrabure
Interim Controller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), John Mrabure [Photo Credit: Facebook]

Suspected associates of an inmate on trial staged an attack during the suspect’s scheduled trial at the Lagos High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square.

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), on Wednesday, confirmed the attack on its personnel. 

The prison authorities’ spokesperson, Olarotimi Oladokun, said the attack was staged to free the inmate, adding that one of the attackers was shot while trying to dispossess an armed official of his rifle.

“This quick response and vigilance of the NCoS court escorts thwarted their attempt,” he said. “The NCoS Lagos controller, Adewale Adebisi, eulogised the gallant officers for resisting the attack and securing all inmates back to custody. The controller also assured the public that the security of Lagos custodial centres remains intact.”

Mr Oladokun added, ”He further commended other security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Nigerian Army, for their timely response to restore normalcy.”

(NAN)

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