Riot breaks out in Kuje Prison

The incident is said to have started at about 10.30am in one prison block before spreading to several others.

Nigerian prison (Photo used for illustrative purposes alone)

The incident is said to have started at about 10.30am in one prisonblock before spreading to several others.

“There is heavy shooting now. The whole place is in confusion. All the inmates have been locked in their cells but the security operatives are shooting teargas into the cells,” a source told Premium Times.

“We don’t know what happened but it seems there is serious trouble here. There are so many armed security operatives all over the place,” the source added.

The incident has also been confirmed by the spokesman of the Nigerian Prison Service, Francis Enobore.

However, it is not yet known if any inmate escaped from the facility during the riot.

Also this month, there have been jailbreaks at the Abakaliki Prisons in Ebonyi state and the Nsukka Prison in Enugu state.

15 inmates escaped from the Nsukka Prison during a jail break on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, but 6 of them have since been recaptured.

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