CAN condemns attack on Jos prison, says Nigeria’s security under threat


The Plateau chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the recent attack on Jos custodial centre by yet to be identified gunmen.

Polycarp Lubo, the state chairman of the association made the condemnation on Thursday in Jos in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Gunmen invaded the custodial centre on Sunday, killing a personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) and nine inmates while 252 inmates escaped during the invasion.

Mohammed Tukur, Deputy Controller General of NCoS, in charge of Operations, blamed the attack on paucity of modern equipment and other gadgets.

He described the attack as “sad, unfortunate and frightening”, adding that it was a bad omen for Nigerians.

He said that with the huge number of inmates that have fled, the security situation of the country is under threat.

“The attack on the Jos custodial centre is a sad one; CAN on the Plateau condemns it in totality. With the huge number of inmates that have escaped, it is clear that our security situation is still under threat.

“This is because there are hardened criminals among inmates that fled; they will go back into the society and continue to unleash evil.


“So, I wish to strongly call on the government to provide modern and adequate equipment to the Service in order to avert similar situation in the future,” he said.

The chairman called on residents to be security conscious, particularly as the yuletide approaches, and report any suspicious activity within their vicinities to security agencies.

Mr Lubo also condemned the recent attack at Ta’egbe community of Miango Chiefdom in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

Gunmen attacked the community last Thursday, killed 10 persons and razed down 30 houses.

He advised them against reprisals and urged them to live in peace at all times.