From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau have confirmed that two persons were killed in Sunday night attack at the Medium Security Prison Minna in Niger State.
He also confirmed that 210 inmates escaped while 30 of them were rearrested. However, 182 are at large.
Danbazau while on an assessment visit to the prison told journalists in Minna yesterday after the attack by unknown well-armed men at around 8pm on Sunday, that two hardened criminals were slated to be executed yesterday Monday escaped too hence the attack.
However, a prison officer simply identified as Shekarau (other names withheld) and an unidentified Commercial Motorcycle Operator (otherwise known as Okada rider) who conveyed a prison officer on night duty were killed by the gunmen.
Consequently, some of those inmates allegedly sentenced to death by hanging and their counterparts awaiting trials also escaped He informed that his team had seen some available gaps of challenges while assuring that those gaps would be filled soon to avoid future occurrence.
He directed an immediate indebt investigation of the attack to fish out the perpetuators of the act and their sponsors so as to bring them to book.
Minna Medium Security Prison is located at Tunga area of Minna Metropolis at Kafin Talabi community area of the city, as Danbazau assured that the people involved will be arrested and to face the full wrath of the law by bringing them to justice.
The Controller of Prison Service, in an interview however, further confirmed that his men and facilities was attacked by the heavy armed men hence has commenced investigation in to the incident just as a lot of lesions to be learnt from the attack.
The Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello was also in the entourage of the minister of interior.
It could be recalled that on December 6, 2014, that there was a jail break at the Medium Security Prison , Minna , where by about 2014 prison inmates were said to have escaped from the prison custody housing both hardened convicted prison inmates and their counterparts awaiting trials .
An insider source told our reporter on the condition of anonymity yesterday that the same set of inmates had been recently sentenced to death by hanging by a Court sitting in Minna and were being remanded in the prison custody on the order of the court.
However, authorities of the State’ s Command of the Nigerian Prison Service have said that normalcy has returned at the Medium Security Prison Minna,and security agencies are working together to ensure that fleeing inmates are recaptured.
It assured members of the public of their safety; and advised law abiding citizens residents in the state to go about their lawful businesses with without fear of intimidation by anyone .