The Oyo state governor has condemned the jailbreak in the state at Abolongo Correctional Centre, Oyo Town on Saturday.
Governor Seyi Makinde in a statewide broadcast on the incident said the planned attack happened after an ambush on security operatives at the Correctional Centre.
Makinde, added that two security operatives died in the attack that saw over 800 prison inmates escape.
275 of the escapees have been recaptured, according to the Nigerian Correctional Sevice.
Governor Seyi Makinde who called on the people of Oyo state to remain calm, assured that efforts are on to recapture other fleeing inmates.
“Our security men were ambushed. As a result, we lost two of our security agents – a corporal of the Nigerian Army attached to ‘Operation Burst’, and an operative of the Oyo state Amotekun corps, Tijani Sadiq Babatunde,” he said.
“Aside from the two lives lost, we had several operatives injured. I must mention that one of our Amotekun female volunteers, Shukurat Omoba, is presently in critical condition.
“I have visited her at the hospital, and we are deploying all state resources to ensure that she survives this. Please, let us all join in prayer for her speedy and complete recovery.
“Although some inmates have been recovered and taken back into custody, some are still at large. All security agencies have been placed on high alert to ensure that all that escaped are rearrested and returned to custody.
“I am therefore using this opportunity also to put the citizens on alert. There is no better time to repeat the call to action: if you see something, please say something.
“These criminals would want to go to areas where they will not be easily rearrested. If you spot any unexplained strangers in your community, please call the 615-security emergency number immediately, and make a report.
“I have directed the security agencies to deploy personnel to critical national assets within the state and to monitor all entrance and exit points across the state,” the governor said.