At least 240 inmates have escaped a custodial center in Kabba, Kogi State Nigeria, following an attack by yet to be identified gunmen.
Nigerian Correctional Service spokesman, Francis Enobore confirmed the incident in a communique on Monday, stating that the attack took place at about midnight on Sunday.
According to Enobore, the attackers arrived at the medium-security custodial center heavily armed and immediately engaged the guards in a fierce gun battle.
Enobore further disclosed that the Comptroller–General, Haliru Nababa has ordered a recapture procedure to be activated immediately and detailed investigation carried out even as he leads a team to assess the situation.
As of the time of the invasion, 294 inmates were in custody, 224 being pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates.
(With input from Channels Television)