Some gunmen suspected to be bandits, on Sunday attacked the Jos Correctional centre.
The bandits were said to have pretended to be on a visit before they opened fire on reaching the gate of the correctional facility.
Efforts of newsmen to reach the spokesperson of the Plateau command of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) were unsuccessful.
However, a senior official of the Service, who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, said that five inmates attempted to escape but were stopped by armed personnel of the service.
“Five inmates had tried to escape during the exchange of gunfire but were promptly resisted and re-arrested by our armed men,” he said.
Massive number of security operatives have been deployed to the correctional center after the attack.
The Jos Correctional Centre is located near the headquarters of the Plateau State Police Command as well as the Department of State Services (DSS).