The police in Niger State have confirmed that about 200 prisoners escaped in a jailbreak at the Minna Medium Security Prison on Sunday night.
Prison authorities have blamed the jailbreak on armed attackers who were said to have stormed the premises at about 8:00 p.m.
A source who spoke to Premium Times said one official was killed and about seven prisoners rearrested, following the incident.
Although the prison authorities are yet to provide details of the escaped inmates, the police in Niger said they have taken measures to ensure the arrest of the 200 prisoners that escaped still on the lam from the jailbreak.
The Commissioner of Police in Niger, Dibal Yakadi, confirmed that 19 out of the 219 prisoners that escaped were arrested.
“We are working in collaboration with other security agencies in Niger State to make sure that we re-arrest the runaway inmates.
“The police has embarked on stop and search for all vehicles and also engaged personnel on motor and foot patrol to ensure that we apprehend these inmates,’’ he said.
The police did not however state whether any of the armed attackers has been apprehended.