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Two soldiers killed, 100 inmates escape as gunmen storm Kogi prison



By Timi Black

At least two soldiers were killed as suspected gunmen invaded Kogi maximum prison on Monday morning.

The incident has been confirmed by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 8, Lokoja, Ayuba Edeh.

Confirming the incident, he said two soldiers were killed and 100 inmates escaped when the hoodlums invaded the facility overnight.

It was learnt the soldiers were said to have mounted a routine checkpoint about 50 metres from the prison situated along the Lokoja- Okebukun-Kabba highway when the hoodlums came and rained bullets on them before invading the prison facility.

A close source said on Monday morning said that the gunmen also sprayed bullets on an uncompleted building where the soldiers normally occupy before they broke into the correctional centre and released over 100 of the inmates.

The account said some of the correctional officers on guard were fatally injured, while one of the soldiers who made an attempt to flee was also hit in the leg.