More than 180 prisoners remain at large in central Nigeria after they escaped from prison late on Sunday, the AFP news agency is quoting officials as saying.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at the jail in the Tunga area of the Niger state capital, Minna. Guards were overpowered, allowing the inmates to escape.
AFP quotes Nigeria’s Interior Minister Abdulrahman Dambazau as saying:
“Out of the 210 inmates that escaped from prison custody, 28 have been re-arrested while 182 are still at large.
“We have identified some lapses… part of it is that the prison personnel on duty yesterday were inadequate.”