Kogi State prison authorities said on Monday that 9 of the 147 inmates that escaped following the late Sunday night attack on the prison have been rearrested.
Suspected Boko Haram members Sunday night launched a major attack on the Koton-Karfe prison in Kogi State reportedly setting all the inmates free.
One inmate was killed in the attack.
The Street Journal gathered that gunmen armed with grenades and heavy fire arms had freed all the inmates from a Nigerian Federal Government Prison in Koto-Karfe. An eye-witness told The Street Journal that ”we heard gunshots and explosions at about 10:00 pm on Sunday and we all ran for dear lives while people kept in door thinking that there was a war going on”.
This is the second jail break attempt on the facility. In 2012, suspected Boko Haram gunmen bombed their way into the prison in central Nigeria before opening fire on the wardens and emptying the jail of its 200 inmates.
Soldiers have arrived to engage the gunmen who have reportedly blocked the highway linking Lokoja and Abuja.
It is believed that their goal is to free sect members detained there.