Gunmen attack Nigerian prison; 240 inmates freed | Prison News

Gunmen attack Nigerian prison; 240 inmates freed | Prison News

Authorities appealed to the general public to offer intelligence that may help in recapturing the escapees.

Heavily armed males raided a jail in southcentral Nigeria and freed 240 inmates – virtually everybody within the jail.

The attackers began a gun battle with guards late on Sunday on the medium-security jail at Kabba in Kogi state, southwest of the federal capital Abuja, a spokesman for the Correctional Service stated.

“The medium-security custodial centre in Kabba, Kogi state, has been attacked by yet to be identified gunmen and 240 inmates forcefully released,” spokesman Francis Enobore stated.

He didn’t give particulars on any casualties.

Haliru Nababa, Nigeria’s controller common of corrections, took cost of an investigation into the attack and ordered all of the inmates to be recaptured.

“He appealed to the general public to provide useful intelligence that will assist in recapturing the escapees to security operatives,” the spokesman stated.

A complete of 294 inmates have been in custody on the time – 224 pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted, the jail service stated. The jail was established in 2008 with a capability of 200 inmates.

Suspects can spend years in pre-trial detention in Nigeria. Human rights teams say prisons are sometimes overcrowded and authorized procedures inefficient.

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