Prisoners on the run after Nigeria jailbreak

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AN unspecified number of inmates have escaped and a prison officer and his driver killed during a jailbreak in central Nigeria.

The jailbreak occurred on Sunday night at the Minna Medium Security Prison in the Niger State.

It was initiated by armed men who attacked the prison and gained access after an exchange of fire with prison warders.

A prison officer and a driver who conveys officers on night duty were shot dead.

Rabiu Shuaibu, the regional prisons Public Relations Officer, said seven prisoners who had escaped had been recaptured and returned to the prison.

He said others were on the run at the time of publication.

“The prison authority in Minna is profiling the number of fleeing inmates to ascertain the escaped prisoners,” Shuaibu said.

“However, normalcy has returned and security agencies are working together to ensure that fleeing inmates are recaptured.”

Shuaibu assured the general public of its safety.

He urged citizens to support the security agencies in maintaining law and order.

“We also advise that citizens should endeavor to report to security agencies any suspicious person or group of persons.”

This is the latest in a series of jailbreaks in prisons across Nigeria.

The Minna Medium Security Prison suffered another jailbreak in 2014 when 270 prisoners escaped after three gunmen attacked the facility.
– CAJ News

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