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The spokesperson of the prison service in Minna, Niger State, Rabiu Shuaibu, has said that there was a jail break perpetrated by hoodlums on Sunday night at Minna Medium Security Prison.

According to Rabiu, two persons were killed in the process of the jailbreak with many prisoners on the run.

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

“This led to the death of a prison officer and an Okada rider who convey a prison officer on night duty,” Shuaibu said

The spokesperson added that the number of prisoners on the flee are still being compiled but some of the fleeing prisoners have been rearrested.

“The Prison authority in Minna is profiling the number of fleeing inmates to ascertain the escaped prisoners. So far, through the combined effort of all security agencies in the state, seven prisoners who attempted to escape have been recaptured and returned to the prison.”

The prison service have since called on residents of the area to go about their normal activities noting that normalcy has returned and security agencies are working to ensure that fleeing inmates are recaptured.

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has however visited the Minna Minimum Prison on Monday morning to access the situation.

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