An unspecific number of inmates have escaped detention during an attack by unknown gunmen at the correctional facility in Abolongo, Oyo Town.
It was gathered that the gunmen attacked Oyo prison with explosives around 10.30pm on Friday and set the inmates free.
Olanrewaju Anjorin, the Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Correctional Service, Oyo State Command, confirmed the attack on Saturday in Ibadan.
He said the attackers were heavily armed and engaged the guards in a fierce gun battle before freeing some inmates.
Anjorin said: “Yes, I can confirm to you that the place was attacked and some of the awaiting inmates were set free.
“I am there right now with the Controller and some other senior officers doing an assessment of the damage done to the facility.
“Now, we cannot ascertain the numbers of the inmates freed or people that get injured, but definitely, I will be giving you an update later.”
This comes barely one month after over 250 inmates escaped the Kogi Prison in Kabba, Kogi State, following a midnight attack by gunmen.