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Monday, 4 June 2018

Gunmen Attack Minna Prisons, Free 16 Condemned Prisoners

16 condemned prisoners escaped from the Minna Medium Prisons after an attack by Unknown Gunmen.

The attackers took the advantage of a heavy downpour to storm the prison around 7:00 pm on Sunday.

The prison guards reportedly fled from the superior firepower of the gunmen. The attackers, however, killed a warder reporting to work and a motorcyclist who carried him.

The gun duel lasted for more than an hour until security reinforcement forced the attackers to retreat. On December 6, 2014, over 300 prisoners escaped from the prison when gunmen attacked the facility to free inmates.

Below is a statement from the spokesperson of the Nigerian Prison Service, Rabiu Shuaibu;

“On Sunday, 3rd June 2018 at about 8 pm, there was a jailbreak at Minna Medium Security Prison located at Tunga area of Minna Metropolis.

The unfortunate incident was perpetuated by armed criminals who attacked the prison and gain access after exchange of fire with prison armed men.

This led to the death of a prison officer and an Okada rider who conveys a prison officer on night duty.

So far, through combined effort of all security agencies in the state, 7 prisoners who attempted to escape have been recaptured and returned to the prison.

The prison authority in Minna is profiling the number of fleeing inmates to ascertain the escaped prisoners.

However, normalcy has returned and security agencies are working together to ensure that fleeing inmates are recaptured.

The general public is hereby assured of its safety and advised to go on with its normal business.

At this juncture, we will like to urge all law-abiding citizens to support the security agencies in maintaining law and order as security is a collective responsibility. We also advise that citizens should endeavour to report to security agencies any suspicious person or group of persons.”

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