A security guard has been killed as suspected militants attacked Afokang Federal Prison in Cross River State.
The militants attacked the facility on Wednesday night, October 18, 2023, from the nearby Calabar creeks.
The militants gunned down an officer during the attack and took away his gun.
According to sources, the militants did not gain access to the prison yard but only operated at the main gate.
A source said the incident might be related to feeding as there has been grumbling that the new state comptroller sliced food rations to the inmates.
Confirming the reports on Thursday, the spokesman of the State Command of the Correctional Service, Affanga Etim said no inmate escaped during the attack.
According to him, “When they came, they opened fire on the security team who also responded in like manner and in the process, an Assistant Superintendent of Correction, ASC, was killed.
“No inmate escaped or was killed, the attackers didn’t get close to the main facility.
“As we speak, we have deployed more armed personnel to the facility and everything is under control.”
Meanwhile, a mother and her six-years-old daughter were hit by stray bullets during the attack.
It was earnt that the State Comptroller is holding a crucial meeting with his management team over the prison attack as of the time of filing this report.