After the massive attack on the Kuje Prison in Abuja by terrorists, The Jos Correctional Center is taking no chances as heavy security as been witnessed around the area.
The road leading to the correctional centre situated opposite the Police Command Headquarters was barricaded with an iron bar and vehicles plying the road were only allowed to pass after a thorough search by security operatives manning the checkpoint.
Security operatives of the Department of State Security Service and other security agents were seen patrolling the premises of the prison.
A senior official of the service, said they were not taking the security breach at the Kuje for granted.
“What do you expect us to do if not to step up security in this place?
You know that the attack on Kuje prison is a daring one by those who perpetrated it. Nigerians are talking about it and we are not taking it for granted because we don’t want what happened in Kuje to happen here again at the Jos Correctional Centre.
“I’m sure other prison facilities across the country may have taken extra measures to safeguard their facilities too. Moreover, you are aware that a similar attack happened here at the Jos Correctional Centre recently in November last year where over 200 inmates also escaped while others died during the attack by gunmen.
“I know that after the attack, a search team was put in place to recapture the fleeing inmates but I’m not sure if all of them have been recaptured up till now. So, if you see an unusual security presence around Jos Correctional Centre, especially given the security challenge we are facing at the moment, you can understand why we are doing what we are doing” he said.