No less than 240 inmates were set free by gunmen who attacked a Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State, leaving 2 soldiers dead.
The Nigerian Correctional Service spokesman, Mr Francis Enobore confirmed the incident in a communique on Monday, stating that the attack took place at about midnight on Sunday.
According to him, the attackers in their numbers arrived at the custodial centre heavily armed and immediately engaged the guards in a fierce gun battle.
Mr Enobore further disclosed that the Comptroller–General, Haliru Nababa has ordered a recapture procedure to be activated immediately and detailed investigation carried out even as he leads a team to assess the situation.
The Comptroller-General also appealed to the general public to furnish security operatives with useful intelligence that will assist in recapturing the escapees.
Some guards at the prison were said to have sustained injuries in the attack.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 8, Ayuba Edeh, also confirmed the attack, and assured that “efforts are being made to track down the attackers.”
Some of the inmates who fled have been rearrested, according to prison sources.
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