Abuja-The Prison Service said on Tuesday that 114 of the 266 prisoners who escaped from Nigerian prisons on Sunday were captured.
Authorities said that on Sunday night, heavily armed gunmen raided the medium-security prison in Kabbah in south-central Nigeria, blew up the fence and released almost everyone, but killed a soldier and a policeman.
In Nigeria’s second major prison escape this year, the attackers had a gun battle with the guards.
A spokesperson said: “After the attack…and the swift intervention of the commander-in-chief of corrections… a total of 114 fugitives were captured.”
Nigeria faces security issues on its vast territory, including armed robberies by criminal groups, Islamic rebellions in the northeast, and a series of mass kidnappings in schools in the northwest.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, 28 of the 294 prisoners in Kabbah Prison did not escape, which means that 266 have escaped. The prison department initially set the number of fugitives at 240.
The spokesperson said that additional armed guards have been deployed to enhance the security of the prison and urge the remaining fugitives to surrender within the next 24 hours.
The Prison Administration stated that the Kabbah Prison was established in 2008 and can accommodate 200 prisoners. At the time of the attack, there were 224 pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted criminals.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times