And, at least 240 inmates have escaped the Medium Security Correctional Centre in Kabba, Kogi State, following a jail break.
The Nigerian Correctional Service spokesman FRANCIS ENOBORE in a statement, said that the jail break occurred after gunmen attacked the security attached to the Correctional centre.
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.
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.
As of the time of the invasion, 294 inmates were in custody out of which 224 were pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates.