The Nigeria Prisons Service has confirmed a jailbreak at Minna Medium Security Prison.
The spokesperson of the prison service in Niger State, Rabiu Shuaibu, said the incident occurred on Sunday night at the prison, which is in Tunga area of Minna Metropolis.
Two persons, a prison warder and a commercial motorcyclist, were killed in the process of the jailbreak.
“The unfortunate incident was perpetrated by armed criminals who attacked the prison and gained access after an exchange of fire with prison armed men.
“This led to the death of a prison officer and an Okada rider who convey a prison officer on night duty,” Shuaibu said.
The spokesperson added that the number of prisoners on the flee is still being compiled but some of the fleeing prisoners have been rearrested.
“The Prison authority in Minna is profiling the number of fleeing inmates to ascertain the escaped prisoners. So far, through the combined effort of all security agencies in the state, seven prisoners who attempted to escape have been recaptured and returned to the prison.”
The prison service has since called on residents of the area to go about their normal activities noting that normalcy has returned and security agencies are working to ensure that fleeing inmates are recaptured.
Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello has however visited the Minna Minimum Prison on Monday morning to access the situation.
In 2014, a similar jailbreak occurred at the Minna maximum prisons where hundreds of inmates were freed (Channels TV).