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Gunmen ambush prison officials, release six suspects in Plateau

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have reportedly attacked a convoy of correctional officials which was transporting 14 suspects charged with crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping and rape near Plateau High Court in Barkin Ladi.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the gunmen laid ambush at the entrance of the court premises, opened fire and freed 6 suspects unchallenged.

Reacting on the incident, Plateau State Commandant of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Mr. S.A. Musa revealed that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka said the Court did not notify him of a change in hearing date.

Four suspects were arrested by the police and two motorcycles were recovered believed to be properties of the gunmen.

In a related story, WITHIN NIGERIA reported that the General Hospital situated in Barkin-Ladi local government area of Plateau state have been attacked by gunmen, leaving a security guard in the process.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the attackers matcheted a police operative attached to the hospital and three other persons.

According to report, Barkin Ladi was a hot spot of attacks by herdsmen but has enjoyed relative peace in the past few months.

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