There was palpable tension in Niger state capital, Minna on Sunday when suspected armed bandits invaded Minna Medium Security Prison located at Tunga area of state capital.
It was gathered that the incident, which happened at about 8pm left an officer of the prison dead and many inmates were freed before they were later recaptured.
The incident was also confirmed by the spokesman of Nigerian Prison Service, Niger command, DSP Rabiu M Shuaibu in a statement made available to newsmen.
According to him, “The unfortunate incident was perpetuated by armed criminals who attacked the prison and gain access after exchange of fire with prison armed men.
“This led to the death of a prison officer and an Okada rider who conveyed a prison officer on night duty.”
The NPS spokesman further disclosed that the inmates who escaped have been recaptured, adding that normalcy has returned to the prison.
“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.
“However, normalcy has returned and security agencies are working together to ensure that fleeing inmates are recaptured,” he said.