A total of 15 inmates are believed to have escaped in a jailbreak that occurred at Nsukka Prison in Enugu state.

Daily Trust reports that it was a coordinated attack after the inmates broke their cells and scaled over the perimeter fence late Tuesday.

“The inmates carefully opened their cells and scaled the perimeter fence of the prisons,” a source told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

“Before prison officials on night duty knew what was happening, about 15 inmates had escaped.”

Controller of Prison, Lawrence Okonkwo confirmed the jailbreak but declined to categorically state the exact number of inmates on the loose at the moment.

“Yes there was a jailbreak last night in Nsukka prison but I am not in a position to say how many prisoners escaped,” he said.

“We are expecting the Enugu state prisons controller, Mr Isaiah Amariri, in Nsukka prison so that we brief him on what happened last night.

“He will be the one to tell the public the number of inmates that escaped, the re-arrested ones and efforts put in place to arrest those still on the run.”

Officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service were seen in parts of Nsukka and its environs on Wednesday in a frantic search for the fleeing inmates amid unconfirmed reports that two escapees had been rearrested.

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