The Niger state Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service has confirmed that armed criminals on Sunday gained access to the Medium Security Prison at Tunga area where inmates escaped.
A statement by the Public Rlations Officer of Niger state Command of the Nigerian Prison Service, DSP Rabiu Shuaibu said the jailbreak occurred at about 8pm.
“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 dead of a prison officer and an Okada rider who convey 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,” the statement read.
The Prison Service called on citizens to assist in maintaining law and order.
“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 endeavor to report to security agencies any suspicious person or group of persons,” it stated.