A top security source, who spoke with our correspondent, said some inmates had planned to escape during the morning sanitation.
The source further said that the inmates had while attempting to flee the centre injured a warder and were about to force their way out when security men repelled them.
“Four inmates were killed. A warder was also injured. The incident happened during morning sanitation on Tuesday.
“They had planned to escape and one of them attacked the warder, while others forced their way through the only entrance, but the security men repelled them and in the process, four inmates were shot.
“They eventually died. And others that wanted to escape ran back when those that led the attempt were shot,” the source said.
The PUNCH learnt that Osun State Comptroller of Corrections, Lanre Amoran, had visited the facility for an on-the-spot assessment.
But when contacted, the spokesperson of Osun Command of Correctional Service, Sola Adeotan, said there was no information on the incident.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer of Osun command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident but pleaded for more time to get details.
“Attempted jailbreak in Ife? It happened but the detais are not available yet. I will get back as soon as I get further briefings,” Opalola said.