Abuja: A total of 114 of the 266 prisoners who escaped from a prison in Nigeria on Sunday have been recaptured. The prison service gave this information on Tuesday.
Heavily armed gunmen raided a medium-security prison in Kaaba in south-central Nigeria late Sunday, blown up a perimeter fence and freed almost everyone but a soldier and a police officer, officials said. Death happened.
The attackers fought a gun battle with guards in the second major jailbreak in Nigeria this year.
“Following the attack … and the rapid intervention of the Controller General of Corrections … a total of 114 escapees have been withdrawn,” a spokesman said.
Nigeria is grappling with security problems in its vast region, including armed robberies by criminal gangs, an Islamic insurgency in the northeast, and mass kidnappings from schools in the northwest.
The Interior Ministry said that twenty-eight of the 294 prisoners in the Kaaba did not escape, meaning that 266 had fled. The prison service initially put the number of fugitives at 240.
The spokesman said additional armed guards were deployed to tighten security at the prison, and urged the remaining escapees to turn themselves in within the next 24 hours.
The prison service said that the Kaba prison was established in 2008 with a capacity of 200 inmates. At the time of the attack, 224 pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted criminals were inside.
by Camillus Eboh
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times