Security operatives at the Jos correctional centre subdued bandits who attacked the facility on Sunday afternoon.
The bandits had engaged security officers at the facility in a gun battle in a bid to forcefully gain access to the centre.
The attackers were said to have pretended to be guests on visit when they suddenly opened fire on reaching the gate of correctional facility.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said five inmates who attempted to escape during the gun battle were promptly re- arrested.
It was gathered that the invasion was aimed at freeing some inmates.
At the time of filing this report, there was still a gunbattle while security personnel have taken over major areas around the facility.
Residents confirmed that heavy gunshots were heard from the direction of the Jos Correctional centre located in between the State Police Command headquarters and that of the Directorate of State Services.
The incident also caused panic among residents and many people were stranded on the road as many motorists avoided the area.
A senior official of the Service, who spoke 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.
There is currently a heavy presence of joint security personnel around the correctional centre.