An unknown number of prisoners have escaped the Nigerian Correctional Centre, popularly referred to as Okere Prison in Warri South council area of Delta State, amidst heavy shooting by security operatives.
Flames and thick smoke are also emanating from the premises, fuelling fear among residents, most of whom have locked shops and scampered for safety.
According to The Nation they were a scare across the Warri metropolis following rampaging youths reportedly bearing cutlasses and tyres.
It was learnt that the shootings were to scare hoodlums planning the jail break, away.
Sporadic shootings followed afterwards, forcing the hoodlums to retreat, even as a voice is heard saying “oya, na house o”.
Confirming the escape, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said the prisoners had been protesting, prior to the jail break.
“They said the prisoners lit fire inside the prison. The DPO said the prisoners were already protesting inside the prison. And it’s like they were already aware of what is going on, like they have people they are working with.