Two people including a warder and commercial motorcyclist were killed and 219 inmates freed as gunmen attacked Minna Medium Security Prison on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Rabiu Shaibu, the Prison Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the attack said the gunmen gained access to the prison after a shout-out with officials on duty.
According to him, “ The commercial motorcyclist conveying a prison officer to the prison met his death in the hands of the attackers, while the deceased prison officer lost his life during the shootout with the gunmen.”
He said seven out of the fleeing inmates were re-arrested, but couldn’t tell the total number that escaped.
He said the command is still doing profiling of the number of inmates that escaped.
But Dibal Yakadi, the state Commissioner of Police, said a total of 219 inmates escaped out of which 19 were rearrested.
He said the command along with the prison authority is on the trail of the fleeing inmates with a view to re-arrest them.
He also said the command is also collaborating with other sister security agencies with a view of arresting the attackers.
He urged the general public not to panic but go about their normal business as security has been beefed up to forestall any reoccurence.