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Over 100 inmates escape as police confirm invasion of Kogi prison

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The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 8, Lokoja, Ayuba Edeh, has confirmed the invasion of Kabba correctional centre by gunmen, freeing over 100 inmates.

Confirming the incident, Mr Edeh said that the state Commissioner of Police and other heads of security agencies have swung into action to do an assessment of the cause of the invasion.

Mr Edeh added two soldiers were killed by the gunmen.

The soldiers were said to have mounted a routine checkpoint about 50 metres from the prison situated along the Lokoja-Okebukun-Kabba highway when the hoodlums came and rained bullets on them before invading the prison facility.

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A witness told The Punch on Monday morning that the gunmen also sprayed bullets on an uncompleted building where the soldiers normally occupy before they broke into the correctional centre and released over 100 of the inmates.

The account said some of the correctional officers on guard were fatally injured, while one of the soldiers who made an attempt to flee was also hit in the leg.

A source also confirmed that three of the prisoners were rearrested at about 8.00 am on Monday beside Kudon hotel, Kabba, as they tried to board an Ilorin-bound vehicle.

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