Jailbreak: 240 inmates escaped from Kogi prison – Spokesman

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Heavily armed stormed a in Nigeria’s central Kogi state overnight, freeing scores of inmates, a prison authority spokesman said Monday.

It was unclear who the were but central and northwest Nigeria have been terrorised by criminal gangs for years.

“The medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, Kogi State, has been attacked by yet be identified and 240 inmates forcefully released,” Nigeria’s correctional service spokesman Francis Enobore said in a statement.

At about 2245 GMT on Sunday, he said, numerous attackers “engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.”

But the invaded the prison, which had 294 prisoners in custody at the time, including 224 pre- detainees.

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Investigations were under way Monday find the escapees, he added.

Large prison outbreaks are not uncommon in Nigeria.

In a brazen attack on April 5, raided Owerri police headquarters, freeing more than 1,800 inmates.

Nigeria’s security forces are often described as overstretched and overwhelmed, facing a 12-year-old jihadist insurgency in the northeast and separatist agitation in the southeast.