Gunmen Free 270 Prisoners At Minna Prisons

A gang of armed men yesterday invaded Minna Medium Prison yard, broke into the cells and set 270 inmates free.
Three members of the gang, wearing Jalamia (long male dress) entered the prison at about 4:30pm  when inmates are allowed out of their cell to have a walk within the compound, they over powered  prison officials and moved into the record room, armoury room from where they  carted away weapons and bullet proof vests.
Other members of the gang stood outside to ward off any attempt to disturb their operation which lasted about 10 minutes.
They attacked the guard on duty and he is currently receiving treatment in an unnamed hospital in the town.
It was gathered that as soon as the three-man gang entered the facility they started to fire gun shots into the air and ordered all the inmates out.
A Prison official who spoke in confidence said that two notorious armed robbers and other 268 inmates escaped with the gunmen.
He said:”We had 323 inmates in our various cells but we are left with only 53 in one of the cells. Our gateman was injured. They broke into our armoury and carted away weapons and bullet proof vests.
“From where I was I saw Osama, one of the notorious armed robbery suspects in the facility firing shots into the air. I want to believe his gang must have brought the gun and I saw him leading Ayo (Eze Ego), a dismissed Mopol out and other inmates.”
As they fled, the armed men later snatched a Honda car and escaped with it.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Prison Service, Niger State command, Mallam Rabiu Shuaibu Mohammed, confirmed the incident, but said that it was an attempted jail break.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Amore, who visited the facility directed a massive man hunt for the inmates.
Ten of the fleeing inmates had been recaptured at press time.
He also said that a Sienna Toyota and four AK47 rifles believed to have been used by the gang were recovered.
Unknown gunmen had attacked the Ado Ekiti prison last Monday, freeing 49 inmates. One prison official was killed during the raid.
The gunmen arrived in Hilux vans shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, and shooting.
On Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan fired the Comptroller General of Prisons, Alhaji Aminu Suleh, and replaced him with Dr. Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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