There are reports some hoodlums attempted to break into a prison in Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos State.
Local media reports claimed that policemen and soldiers arrived at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre after prison authorities sent out an SOS on Thursday.
A video, seen by News Central, showed smoke billowing from parts of the prison while inmates could be seen running.
Gunshots were also heard from the prison.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, said the cause of the fire could not yet be ascertained but policemen had been deployed in the prisons.
“We don’t know the cause of the fire but we are there on the ground. We have mobilised to the place. We will give details later,” he said.
At least two prisons have been attacked this week as a protest seeking police reforms and an end to a rogue police unit in the West African country turned violent after over a week of peaceful demonstrations.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State imposed a curfew on Monday after hoodlums stormed the Medium Security Correctional Centres on Sapele Road and at Oko, Airport Road and freed almost 2,000 inmates.
A second jailbreak was reported in Ondo State on Thursday.
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