ABUJA, October 23 (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked a prison in Nigeria’s Oyo state on Friday evening and released more than 800 inmates by force, the third major such attack this year, said on Saturday. the prison administration in a press release.
The prison service said the assailants were heavily armed and after an exchange of gunfire with prison officers, they entered the prison yard, blasting the walls with dynamite.
Some 575 detainees, all awaiting trial, were reported missing while 262 escapees had since been recaptured, he said, adding that the prison housed only 64 convicts, who did not escape.
“While all the detainees awaiting trial have been expelled, the cells housing the convicts and detainees have not been vandalized,” said the prison administration.
Nigeria grapples with security concerns over its vast territory, including a wave of student kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs in the northwest and an Islamist insurgency in the northeast.
The attack on Oyo Prison follows similar attacks in Imo State in April, where more than 1,800 inmates were released, while 266 other prisoners were forcibly released in Imo State. Kogi last month. Read more
Reporting by Camillus Eboh, additional reporting by Tife Owolabi in Yenago, written by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Ros Russell
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