240 inmates escape in gunmen attack in Nigeria prison

A Nigerien soldiers walks in front of the the prison of Koutoukale, near Niamey, following an attack on October 17, 2016. Armed forces in Niger repelled a pre-dawn attack on October 17, 2016 on a prison where "terrorists", notably from neighbouring Mali, are being held, the country's interior minister said. The prison in Koutoukale is considered to be Niger's most secure jail, holding the country's most dangerous detainees, and notably jihadists from groups active in the Sahel desert area and from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Islamist group. The attack follows the kidnapping of a US aid worker on October 14, the first American captured in the west African nation. / AFP / BOUREIMA HAMA (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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)