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Niger Prison Command reacts to jailbreak, says 7 prisoners recaptured

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The Niger Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service on Monday said seven prisoners who escaped from Minna Prison on Sunday have been recaptured.

DAILY NIGERIAN earlier reported that 16 condemned prisoners escaped from the prison during the attack.

Spokesman for the command, Rabiu Shuaibu, said the attackers overpowered the prison guards and gained access into the facility.

He however did not reveal the number of the inmates who escaped from the prison.

“On Sunday, 3rd June, 2018 at about 8pm, there was a jailbreak at Minna
Medium Security Prison located at Tunga area of Minna Metropolis,” Mr Shuaibu, a deputy superintendent of prisons, said.

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“The unfortunate incident was perpetuated by armed criminals who attacked the prison and gain access after exchange of fire with the prison’s armed men.

“This led to the death 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.

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“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.

“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.”

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DAILY NIGERIAN reports that on December 6, 2014, over 300 prisoners escaped from the prison when gunmen attacked the facility to free inmates.

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