At least one prison official was feared killed on Monday with over 20 sniffer dogs dead after some gunmen stormed the Federal Prison, on Afao-Ekiti road in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The Comptroller of Prison, Mr. Kehinde Fadipe, who confirmed the attack, said the gunmen were not Boko Haram members.
According to Fadipe, he was not aware of the shooting of any of the officials of the state command.
“We are moving around to assess the situation. It was not a jail-break but an attack on the prison. The main entrance of the prison was broken.
“What happened is that we were attacked from outside not from within. They came with different weapons. They attacked our men on duty and we have been here since 10.30pm yesterday (Sunday),” he explained.
The comptroller said his men were already out to re-arrest inmates that escaped during the attack, although he did not give figures but said that his men has made successful efforts in that direction.
On whether it was Boko Haram insurgents were responsible for the attack, he wondered how the group could have attacked the Prisons when none of its members was in the prison custody.
Fadipe also faulted the thinking that members of the OPC might have been responsible for the attack as he confirmed that a murder suspect, Mr. Adeniyi Adedipe, a.k.a ‘Apase’, who is facing criminal charges over the murder of a former state chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Chief Omolafe Aderiye was still in their custody.
Adedipe was a former coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress in the state.