Gunmen attacked a jail in Kogi State late on Sunday and 240 inmates were set free, the prison service said in a statement on Monday.
“The attackers in their number were said to have arrived at the Custodial Centre heavily armed and immediately engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle,” a spokesman said.
Confirming the incident, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 8, Ayuba Edeh, said the Commissioner of Police and other heads of security agencies have swung into action for an assessment of the cause of the situation.
The Gunmen in their tens attack the prison centre which is on the Kabba – Lokoja highway, on Sunday night through Monday morning, killing the military men keeping guide on the road before attacking the centre.
The gunmen thereafter launched attack on the prison officers before making ways to set all the prisoners free.
An early morning downpour on Monday was said to have led to their escape. The building housing the inmates was reportedly submerged by flood.
However, about 100 of the inmates have been rearrested, while unspecified number voluntarily returned.