By DAUD OLATUNJI, Abeokuta
No fewer than 20 inmates of the Sagamu Prison in Ogun State on Wednesday have escaped while several others were reported to have been shot in the melee.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that during the attempted jailbreak which occurred around 3.00am, some of the inmates as well as prison officials were seriously injured in the melee.
Sources who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that some of the prisoners might have been killed during the attempted jailbreak following the heavy gunfire booming from inside the prison while the violence lasted.
According to the source, the aggrieved prisoners used all sorts of materials as weapons to facilitate their escape before the members of the Armed Squad of the Prison Service contained them.
Findings showed that the run-away prisoners were said to have dug a large hole on the wall at the back of the prison through which they escaped .
Saturday Vanguard gathered that some of the prison officials were already being interrogated by the police over the attempted jailbreak at the facility located on Prisons Street, Isale-Oko, Sagamu.
The Controller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Mr. Zakari Ohinoyi Ibrahim confirmed the attempted jailbreak at the facility during an inspection of the Sagamu Prison on Friday.